Kayla is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Working Dogs for Conservation. Kayla fell in love with training animals early on, but never realized training could be a career path. Instead, she spent six months learning about tropical agriculture in Panama and another six months studying tropical ecology in Ecuador. She earned her bachelors degree in Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from Colorado College with a concentration in animal behavior. She worked doing communications and outreach for a conservation nonprofit in Colorado before switching gears to work as a dog behavior consultant for several years, helping animal shelters and owners with aggressive, fearful, and high-energy dogs.
Although Kayla loved helping owners and their tough-to-handle dogs, she knew she’d really found her calling when she realized she could link her love of biology with her knowledge of dog training and dog behavior with conservation detection dogs. She was a finalist for a Fulbright scholarship to study the selection of conservation detection dogs before joining the team at WD4C.