Prior to moving to Washington, I worked with the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems lab at UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Laboratory. The lab provided a unique context in which to train unreleaseable wild animals to participate in voluntary cooperative research. Our work centered on studying how amphibious marine mammals see, hear, and learn, both above and below water. This research is directly responsible for informing the creation of effective ocean-use policy and marine mammal protection legislation.
Before joining the lab, I had the pleasure of working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for nearly 6 years. I started out as a Program Instructor, facilitating dive experiences for children to foster their love of the ocean. In my last role, as a Content/Program Developer I was part of the team responsible for creating all of the aquarium’s visitor programs (feeding shows, animal encounters, special tours, and auditorium presentations). During this time, I was a lead developer for 7 major projects and a lead writer for over 40 scripts, interpretive resources, and presenter training materials.
It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you’ve wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.