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.
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)