Bio Sketch

My days on trawlers. Bringing up Pacific cod in Alaska

Quite simply, I want to make a notable difference in this world. By illuminating the world through writing and visual media, I invite humanity to look closer at the marvels of their environment. Perhaps this awareness will shake our values up and change what we decide to invest in and protect.

Working as a marine biologist over the span of a couple of decades now drives me to inspire non-scientists about conservation, scientific discovery and exploration of our ocean realm– particularly the greater ocean depthsMy formal degrees were in marine ecology, but my background encompasses a diverse array of marine, aquatic, and terrestrial work around the globe. This includes expeditions with robots to the Arctic, deep-sea diving in New Zealand, marine pollution research and outreach activities in California, oceanographic support in Antarctica, aquaculture construction in central Africa, tropical reef research in the Caribbean, fisheries tagging in Alaska, and marine mammal tracking in Australia. Whether ship-based, in the field or lab, my specialty as a scientist was being able to do it all! Now I bring those discoveries and expeditions to non-scientists through words and visuals.



Graduate Certificate, Science Communication, University of California, Santa Cruz 2012

MSc, Marine Science (with honours), University of Otago, New Zealand 2003                                                                                                                   -Thesis: Ecological Assessment Using Laser-Aided Imaging Aboard a Manned Submersible

BS, Marine Biology (cum laude), University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas 1996                                                                                                         -National Student Exchange to Western Washington University for sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima research



  • Science outreach/communication consultant for Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, US Geological Survey, Santa Cruz, CA Create and edit research material and web content. Document USGS research in the field via video, podcasts, photography, social media, and written features; provide outreach guidance to scientists and communications team; develop plain language lessons
  • Freelance science writer (such clients as Monterey Bay Aquarium, PNAS, High Country News, UC Santa Cruz, National Geographic, Conservation Magazine, Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji) 



  • Science writer and video producer (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology),  2012-2013
  • Science Video Producer (National Park Service), Point Reyes, CA. 2012
  • Radio Producer (KUSP, NPR Affiliate), Santa Cruz, CA. 2012
  • Staff Reporter (Monterey County Herald) Monterey, CA. 2012
  • Science Writer (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), Moss Landing, CA. 2011

Cast of Discovery Channel’s The Colony (Original Productions), Los Angeles, CA. 2009

Science Outreach Manager (SeaLife Conservation), S/R/V Derek M Baylis, Monterey Bay 2003-2005

Fisheries and Agriculture Outreach Agent (Peace Corps) Gabon, Central Africa 1997-1999



Fisheries Researcher (International Pacific Halibut Commission), Gulf of Alaska 2009-2011

Marine Ecotoxicology Project Manager (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, CA. 2008-2009

Fisheries Biologist (NMFS, NOAA, and Cascade Fishing), Bering Sea 2006-2008

Marine Technician (Raytheon Polar Services, R/V Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer), Antarctica 2004

Science Support and Engineering Intern (MBARI), Arctic & CA. 2001

Research Diver and Field Assistant (University of Otago) New Zealand 2000



Workshop Conferee: National Association of Science Writers, Pacific Coast Children’s Writers, Central Coast Writers’, and Highlights Foundation Science Writing for Kids, 2007 to present

Science Writer, Beckman Initiative for Macular Degeneration Conference, 2012

The distribution of 4-nonylphenol in marine organisms of Pacific Coast estuaries, Chemosphere, 2012

Oceanswide guest speaker on ROVs for education, Damariscotta, Maine

Guest Speaker- Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; University of the Virgin Islands

Writer and photographer for Colorado newspaper, and numerous speaking engagements about Peace Corps experience



National Association of Science Writers             Investigative Reporters and Editors             Society of Environmental Journalists                  National Peace Corps Association



* special reporting prize 2014         *ARCS Scholar, Northern California Chapter 2011-2012           *National Association of Science Writers, Graduate Travel Fellow 2011         *University of Otago Intl. scholarship for master’s research; 1 of 6 awarded 2000           *PADI AWARE grant recipient for master’s research 2000



Multimedia: Video, radio, and photo production: Final Cut Pro, Audacity, Soundslides, and Adobe Audition, Photoshop, Aperture, Powerpoint, WordPress

LanguageEnglish/French/Japanese (in training)

Computer: Proficient in Macintosh and PC applications: Microsoft Office Suite, Optimas Image Analysis, Endnote, Systat

Field: CERT and FEMA disaster relief training for hurricane and earthquake; sea experience: 550+ days at sea and extensive small boat handling and certification; rescue and research diver with more than 250 dives; training in ROV operations; 25 manned submersible dives

Birthday Halibut

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