Woman with hat on smiling and holding a piece of scientific equipment. Field of oysters in the background.

Kinsey Tedford

Position: Fisheries Program Manager
Categories: Staff

Kinsey oversees ORP’s Sustainable Fisheries Program. She develops, implements, and manages projects to boost Maryland’s oyster aquaculture industry and improve sustainable fishing practices in the Chesapeake Bay. 

She earned her BS and MS degrees in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained her PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Motivated to bridge the gap between science and practice, Kinsey pursued applied research questions, aiming to enhance the management, restoration, and sustainability of coastal resources. Her dissertation research focused on the population dynamics of oysters, collaborating with conservation practitioners to optimize reef restoration success. Kinsey also co-developed the first community-based science initiative on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, using photo stations to capture community images and build time-lapses illustrating coastal change, supporting research, outreach, and classroom goals.  

Now, she is excited to apply her skills in project management, data analysis, partnership development, and science communication to contribute to the ORP team. Kinsey’s passion for science and sustainable fisheries grew from experiences on (and under!) the water and her connection with the local communities she serves. Outside of work, she loves sailing, gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her partner and dog, Hank.