Kathryn Coyne has a joint appointment at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment as Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and Associate Professor of Marine Biosciences. Within Delaware Sea Grant, Coyne oversees the Marine Advisory Service , which functions as the Outreach and Education arm of the program, and the Environmental Public Education office, which serves as the communication arm. Delaware Sea Grant also manages a portfolio of research projects aimed at addressing environmental issues that are relevant to our stakeholders and communities within Delaware.
Coyne sits on a number of diverse boards and committees including UD's Council on Community Engagement, the Center for the Inland Bays Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and as a team leader for the ITRC workgroup on Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms. Coyne serves the Sea Grant Association as member of the External Relations Committee. Coyne has been involved for over 30 years in a wide variety of formal and informal environmental education programs, from pre-K to postgraduate levels.
Coyne holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and her research is broadly focused on the biochemical and molecular ecology of protists, concentrated on harmful algae. Although her research is primarily conducted in local estuaries in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, Coyne has participated in a wide range of research expeditions that have taken her from deep sea hydrothermal vents in the Pacific to remote rivers of New Zealand to the deserts of Antarctica.