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My background is in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. While I was completing my Master's of Marine Affairs, I worked for six quarters as a Teaching Assistant in the University of Washington Biology department (Bio 180 and 200). Here I gained experience in a formal teaching role I had long desired. I greatly enjoyed instructing my own lab sections and tutoring students during office hours, and frequently put in extra time to ensure my students walked away with the comprehension they needed. I am passionate about fostering the interests of others in the natural world; from the scale of ecosystems across time, to the microscopic processes occurring inside our bodies every second. I believe I've successfully accomplished my job as an educator when I can help my students find a way to personally connect to, and understand the material they study.

Beyond teaching, I am passionate about the marine environment and have experienced working at-sea as a biologist aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska. I believe strongly in the value of human happiness and connection to the marine environment, and am pursuing a career in fisheries management. In my personal time I love reading science fiction. I enjoy exploring the real science, big ideas and creative process involved in writing such stories. Additionally, studying evolutionary biology and paleontology has become a favorite hobby.

Colin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Marine Biology

Graduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Masters, Marine and Environmental Affairs


Marine Biology, paleobiology, (dinosaurs and other ancient organisms) science fiction writing (real science, creative process, world building), astronomy and space exploration, archeology, anthropology (historical ecology; how humans and the environment have shaped each other over millions of years)

Tutoring Subjects

6th Grade Math


AP Biology


Cell Biology

College Biology


Environmental Science

Evolutionary Biology


High School Biology

Marine Biology



Molecular Biology