I am from the United States and still currently reside there. In 2010, I did three internships in Africa and the continent captured my heart and made me realize I wanted my professional career to be there. I have always lived near the ocean so it has always been a part of my life. When I was 15 years old I started scuba diving and the underwater world has fascinated me ever since. My bachelor’s degree was in communications and I worked in the theater community for 7 years. I went back to school to get my masters degree in biology and after completing it realized that I could combine my two loves, communications with biology to form a career in marine education.
2010-ongoing: Intern, Intern manager, and now research assistant and community outreach programme director for the Namibian Dolphin Project
2011-ongoing: Freelance marine mammal observer and passive acoustic monitor for offshore activities (seismic, wind farm construction, underwater explosives)
August 2010: Intern for Mossel Bay Marine Lab
July 2010: Research assistant for Tanzania Wildlife Programme, helped initiate outreach programmed
2009-2011: Research assistant for Dr. Robert Rose, Old Dominion University, small mammal trapping
January–May 2009: Photography intern for Hampton Roads Planning and District Committee
2007-2011: Old Dominion University-MSc in biology: “Dispersal and orientation of oothecea of the Chinese praying mantis in an old growth field.”
2000-ongoing: Stagehand and rigger for IATSE stagecraft union
1996-2000: North Carolina State University-BA in communications with a concentration in theater and mass media.
I am interested in the sociological impacts education and outreach can have on marine conservation. I am also interested in how theater type activities can be incorporated into marine education to bring a more unique and unforgettable learning experience to children and even adults. I believe bringing the most current research available to the public in a manner that they can understand can be a very important conservation tool and what I hope to accomplish with the community outreach programme we are initiating in Namibia. When not working with the outreach programme, I freelance as a marine mammal observer for the offshore community and am interested in the impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.