Kaitlyn Allen Mullen was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 14, 1980. She was raised in Hanover County, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1998. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Marketing. After touring as a singer/songwriter she moved to Maine to continue her education. Kaitlyn earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science at the University of Maine in 2006. She entered the interdisciplinary Ocean Engineering graduate program at The University of Maine in the fall of 2006. While a graduate student at the University of Maine, Kaitlyn also worked as a naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and Acadian Nature Cruises, worked as a Marine Mammal Observer in the Gulf of Mexico, worked as a research associate with Allied Whale, and participated in marine mammal field work in the Gulf of Maine and the Cape Canaveral National Wildlife Refuge. As a result of her experiences, Kaitlyn earned her 100-ton master’s license in March 2010. Kaitlyn is a candidate for the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ocean Engineering from The University of Maine in December, 2013 and currently works as both a captain and a naturalist with Acadian Nature Cruises.