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Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
Homer, AK 99603
As an educator and naturalist for the Research Reserve, I am involved in all kinds of local environmental education (EE) and outreach projects. I edit the Reserve’s quarterly newsletter, write outreach articles, develop and conduct classroom and field educational programs focusing on estuarine and marine ecology, help organize Reserve events such as year-round KBRR Discovery Labs, and assist with special projects like our Science Collaborative study and invasive monitoring work.
I especially enjoy leading the Reserve’s Kids in Nature (KIN) programs. Through KIN workshops for caregivers and parents, family ice fishing expeditions, outdoor skills workshops, and community collaborations with fellow members of the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance, we are connecting local youth to the great outdoors and growing their sense of environmental stewardship. Our KIN programming fosters healthier, happier, smarter Alaskan kids and families!
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Wildlife Management in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Over the past 27 years I've worked in remote parts of the world as an expedition lecturer, naturalist and Zodiac driver. I've also been a seabird researcher in Maine, an EE specialist in coastal Georgia, and a zoo interpreter, ferry naturalist, college adjunct faculty, stewardship camp instructor and National Wildlife Refuge EE coordinator in coastal Alaska.
When not in my office or mucking around in a local wetland with kids, I might be found teaching marine biology classes at our local college, traveling in the Antarctic or Arctic, skiing, running, biking, birding, tidepooling or exploring Kachemak Bay's uplands with friends or my husband, daughter, and black lab.