Tricia Coyne’s lifelong love of the ocean has had a major impact on both her professional and personal life. She became a SCUBA instructor straight out of high school and worked as a Dive Master and Instructor while studying Marine Biology at UCLA, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2006. Tricia has studied marine life around the world, including a research-intensive quarter in Moorea, Tahiti, as well as an internship tagging and tracking Great White Sharks in Mossel Bay, South Africa.
After college, Tricia worked in a marine and freshwater biology lab in Los Angeles, where she executed regulatory compliance bioassays and helped develop studies involving various toxins including pyrethroids and endocrine disruptors. She also spent time at the Georgia Aquarium teaching visitors about marine life including whale sharks and other large pelagic fishes. She has dove many of the world’s great reefs, including the Red Sea, Fiji, and Thailand, and has worked as an instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, in California, many parts of the Caribbean, and right here in Key West.
Tricia returned to Key West in early 2012, and owns the restaurant Firefly in Bahama Village. Although she is no longer professionally involved with marine biology, she enjoys diving, snorkeling, and paddle boarding, and is proud to be able to help protect the reefs as a member of the Board of Directors at Reef Relief.