Coffee and Critters
In an attempt to connect with the greater community of Aptos (where I live), I began a monthly outing called Coffee and Critters. In addition to drinking coffee at all hours, the intent is to create a space where the public can come tidepooling, explore new areas in the Bay, and foster an appreciation for our coastal resources. Participation is always free, and while we are still getting up off the ground, we have already begun partnering with local outreach organisations such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary during our first outing (Feb. ‘19). We welcome collaborations going forward! For more photos, you can see my Instagram story highlight called ☕ and Critters.
Society for women in marine science (SWMS)
We recently founded a new west-coast chapter of the Society for Women in Marine Science in the Monterey Bay, and I am serving on the inaugural leadership committee.The Society aims to bring together marine scientists of all career levels to discuss the diverse experiences of women in marine science, celebrate the research done by women in the field, and promote the visibility of women in the marine science community. We would like to work locally to engage younger audiences in STEM activities and provide outreach opportunities to our community. I’m currently working on a lesson plan for younger students I’d like to put into action, so stay tuned!
Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS)
I have had the good fortune to work with the wonderful team at COS, first as a volunteer campus liaison and later as the Education Programs Assistant and Communications Intern. In my volunteer capacity, I continue to help in networking efforts among the 7 member-campuses. As the Programs Assistant, I helped to support the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE) program, assisted in event planning and program coordination, and managed content via our online tools to help develop and advance a strong emerging ocean leader community in the Monterey Bay area.
Cannery Row Foundation (CRF)
I’ve been assisting with tours of the Pacific Biological Laboratories since 2017. The lab was owned and operated by marine biologist Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts (1897-1948). His close friendship with author John Steinbeck lead to his likeness appearing in many of Steinbeck’s most famous works. Together, they sailed a ship called the Western Flier down the California coast to Mexico, collecting specimens and describing the natural history of the landscape. His pioneering book Between Pacific Tides was the first guide to contextualize the role of each organism within its environment.
At Moss Landing I served as the TA for Marine Invertebrate Zoology (MS 124) in the Fall 2016 semester.
At UCSC, I was an upper-division subject tutor for several biology and chemistry classes. In addition, I participated in the Sophomore Academy Mentor program, which places sophomore students on academic probation with a mentor to help develop good study habits and pathways for success.