Kaylin Martin

Director of Development

Kaylin Martin, Director of Development - theTurtleRoom

Kaylin is among the newest members of theTurtleRoom and brings a museum and fundraising heavy background to her fellow turtle nerd cohorts. Being the first of her family to go to college, Kaylin obtained her B.A in Anthropology in 3 years at The University of Oklahoma and her M.Sc. degree at the University of Leicester, England in Museum Studies.

Kaylin has worked at the following museums:

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Natural History Museum London
  • Casa Museo de Ivan Bruschi, Italy
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
  • Sugar Land Heritage Museum
  • Fort Bend Museum

She first became heavily involved with turtles at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as Curatorial Assistant of Amphibians and Reptiles. Kaylin updated all scientific names of Testudines and Sauria in the collection and studied Temperature Dependent Sex Determination in turtle hatchlings from Dr. Ewert’s life studies.

After having completed her National Science Foundation grant at the museum, Kaylin moved on to a Pittsburgh Foundation handling $45 million in grants and fundraising for a homeless shelter in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. She hopes to expand tTR’s donor and foundation base with her fundraising efforts.

Kaylin is also heavily involved in the Pennsylvania ‘herp’ community having taught field classes for the Allegheny Land Trust, attending Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile (PARS) meetings, TSA meetings, outreach with MACHAC, and working with PA Fish and Boat.

Her favorite turtles are snapping turtles! Chelydra serpentina and Machrochelys temminckii. Anytime she has to name a character in a video game, she names them Chelydra.

You can see some of Kaylin’s previous work on temperature-dependent sex determination on YouTube.

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