Kaylyn received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2010. She worked for the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences studying tidal freshwater rivers and estuarine environments. In 2011, Kaylyn was hired as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Postgraduate Researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC in 2019 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the West Virginia University Institute of Water Security and Science. Kaylyn re-joined the EPA with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in 2022 as a Life Scientist with the Science, Analysis, and Implementation Branch where she coordinates and provides technical assistance to jurisdictions to explain short and long-term water quality monitoring trends.