Mackenzie graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy and a minor in Global Sustainability. During her college career, she had the opportunity to take part in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Baseline Survey of Zooplankton of the Barnegat Bay, specifically focusing on gelatinous macro-zooplankton (jellyfish) and ichthyoplankton (larval fish). She also had the opportunity to attend the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas to conduct research on benthic macroinvertebrates, bonefish, conch shells and the carbon cycling potential of mangroves.
Throughout her years at Monmouth, she was a scholar athlete on the cross country and track and field teams. While she is a Science teacher here at Fusion, she spends her afternoons and weekends coaching cross country and track at the high school level. During the summer months she spends her time on the beach working for Marine Science Camp, educating children in grades K-8th on the preservation of marine ecosystems through active hands on learning. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, skiing or relaxing on the beach.