Pete Topping

I grew up on the East End of Long Island and currently reside just a short walk to Little Peconic Bay.   It was here that I learned to swim, fish, pull a seine net, snorkel, kayak, and drive a boat.  It is where I am now beginning to teach my three young children to do the same.  I hold a degree in Marine Science Biology from Long Island University’s Southampton College as well as a Master’s in Teaching Biology from Stony Brook University.  I have worked as a marine science instructor in the Florida Keys, an environmental educator and program developer in California, and as an interpretive ranger with the National Park service in Maine.  Prior to my position as Baykeeper, I was employed as a Bay Management Specialist with Town East Hampton where I aided in the cultivation and seeding of millions of shellfish (oysters, hard clams, and bay scallops) into town waters each year.    I am most at home on and in the water and am honored to have the opportunity to share my passion for and to protect this great resource that makes this place home!