Shayna graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. She has worked on research projects studying fish behavior, fire ecology in the Rocky Mountains, and marine mammal populations and behavior in South Africa, New Zealand, and California. She graduated from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA earning a Master's degree in marine biodiversity and conservation. For her thesis project she filmed and edited a short video called “Unmanned: Investigating Drone Use With Marine Mammals.” The research for her film examined the new technology of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and how they are used and regulated for marine mammal research, commercial activity, and recreational observation of whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and otters. She is currently collaborating with Alimosphere to help develop curriculum and guidelines for drone use with marine mammals. Additionally, she works for the Waitt Institute and has a small production company called Shell & Bones Media.