- Bachelors University of Rhode Island
- Masters Antioch/New England University
Deborah Turnbull earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science degree in teaching in environmental biology from Antioch Graduate School. She worked as part of a cell biology research team at the University of Colorado and as an educator for a marine biology organization. She joined NMNA in 1991 and then SJNMA in 1995 when NMNA merged with SJMA.