Whitney graduated from Tabor Academy in 2006 and from Connecticut College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She has worked with the Dolphin Communication Project since 2007 as a volunteer and intern. Whitney is particularly interested in the role of object play and tool use in dolphins and completed her undergraduate senior thesis looking at object play in dolphins in collaboration with DCP. Whitney also volunteered at Mystic Aquarium, at The Seas in EPCOT with the Walt Disney Company, and at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, in addition to multiple veterinary and research positions. She is pursuing her masters degree in Comparative Immunology at UMASS where she was awarded a teaching assistantship. Whitney plans to attend veterinary school following the completion of her masters.