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Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, UC Davis
Master of Arts in Biology, UC Santa Cruz
Ph.D. in Biology, UC Santa Cruz
I am a marine biologist with particular interests in invertebrates, algae, plankton, and intertidal ecology. The marine invertebrates will always be my first academic love, as they are infinitely fascinating to me. At CSUMB I teach Bio 420 (Marine Invertebrate Zoology), where I get to share this fascination with students. I am also a Research Associate with the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, where I have space in some of the wet labs. This allows me to keep my hands wet and work with live animals.
Although my training is in invertebrate zoology, I consider myself a general naturalist as well as a marine biologist. My blog (www.canaturalist.com) provides a peek into my nature journaling. The natural world has a lot to teach us, and we need to get outside and start learning!
In recent years I have become involved in the citizen science movement. I believe that we, as scientists, have an obligation to educate the public as well as students in academic settings, to help create a more science-literate population. We need to make science less inscrutable and to demystify the scientific method, helping the public understand how science works.