Kahl began work at the Marine Station at Hodgkins Cove in early January. She most recently spent six years in Michigan working on climate change adaptation and coastal resilience for The Nature Conservancy with Great Lakes communities, state and provincial governments and others. She has a master’s and Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife with an emphasis in landscape ecology from Michigan State University. She holds a B.S. in biology from Truman State University in Missouri. Kahl moved to Gloucester last year with her husband, a Gloucester native, and their two children, to be closer to family. Kahl says she looks forward to meeting with leaders from other Gulf of Maine economic development and research institutions that are helping communities and marine economic interests to develop new and sustainable plans, advocating for fisherman, and launching educational ocean literacy programs.