- Ed.D. in Leadership, University of Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.
- M.Ed. in Health Occupation Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
- A.S. in Respiratory Care, Durham Technical Institute, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.
- B.S. in Biology, North Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, U.S.A.
Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick serves on the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Board of Directors and Executive Committee and has been a GCOOS member since 2005. She started her career as a Respiratory Care Supervisor at Duke University Medical Center before going on to receive a Master’s Degree from North Carolina State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. After finishing her graduate program, Dr. Kirkpatrick served as an Associate Professor at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida where she continued her research interests in human respiratory health and assessing clinical teaching effectiveness. In 1999, Dr. Kirkpatrick started with Mote Marine Laboratory as a staff scientist and shifted her research focus to environmental human health, specifically studying the effects of harmful algal blooms on human respiratory health. She is currently a senior scientist and program manager at Mote and her recent research efforts focus on harmful algal blooms and human health effects, specifically the development of tools to report beach conditions in Florida and the respiratory effects of red tide toxins.