Skills and professional interests
Specialties: curriculum development, creating educational materials, scientific writing, producing material for online and social media platforms, field-based teaching, community engagement, research mentorship, program management, group facilitation, logistics for international group travel, marine mammal research, coral reef ecology, coastal ecology and conservation
I have eight years of experience teaching marine sciences courses at the university level, as well as time spent working with K-12 students in both formal and informal settings.
In addition to teaching marine biology, oceanography, and ecology, I also teach English, dance, fitness classes, and standup paddle boarding (SUP)
I enjoy creating educational materials and in 2020 I focused on creating materials in Spanish for the community of Bocas del Toro, some of which include a coral identification guide, infographics, a children’s coloring book, and social media posts.
Logistics and organization
I served as the Program Manager for several study abroad and travel programs and am highly skilled at organizing logistics and schedules as well as managing groups.
Research methods and
I am skilled in the use and teaching of marine habitat survey techniques as well as species identification of marine organisms found throughout the Caribbean and southeast US. I also have experience conducting marine mammal research and am skilled in photo-identification.
I enjoy underwater photography as well as general nature and travel photography. I am also a quick shot for surf photos or of dolphin dorsal fins for photo-ID.
Surf and sup
I love surfing my 9 foot longboard and am finally getting comfortable on a shortboard as well. I have been paddling and surfing a SUP for almost a decade and have completed PaddleFit training to teach SUP technique.
Scuba and snorkel
Of course any self-respecting marine biologist has to love spending time underwater. I enjoy exploring the ocean via both snorkeling and scuba diving, and am a PADI trained Divemaster.
Fitness instructor / dance
In addition to teaching marine science, I also love teaching fitness classes! I have been certified as a Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise since 2008 and have taught at a number of gyms as well on my own (which due to my jobs and travel has led me to teach in some unique locations!).
I especially love teaching dance-based fitness and cardio kickboxing classes, as well as the occasional circuit training or yoga class.
Travel / culture
Mostly due to my work I have been fortunate enough to visit over 50 countries, with longer periods of time spent in Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, French Polynesia, and throughout the Caribbean. I love traveling and the opportunity to learn about the culture and way of life in different areas of the world (and of course appreciate the beautiful scenery and delicious food).