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MBNMS Education & Outreach Staff

picture of Liz LoveLiz Love

Acting Education Coordinator
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-4255

As Education Specialist for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Liz Love is involved with developing and implementing education and outreach programs in the Monterey region. Liz graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Zoology and a secondary teaching credential in Life Science. She has 30 years of professional experience in developing and implementing marine science education programs and has worked for the Catalina Island Marine Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

picture of Carolyn SkinderCarolyn Skinder

Southern Region Program Coordinator
(805) 927-2145

As Education and Outreach Specialist, Carolyn Skinder staffs the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's southern office and oversees operation of the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay. The docent-run Coastal Discovery Center serves to educate over 15,000 visitors and school groups annually about the marine environment, the MBNMS, and the CA State Parks.

Ms. Skinder earned a Masters Degree in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters degree in Marine Science and Policy from the University of Maine. Her career as an educator encompasses 15 years of teaching, designing, and directing programs in formal and experiential education. Her research background encompasses marine bird and mammal studies, as well as invertebrate community analysis. Prior to joining the Sanctuary in 2005, she worked closely with Maine's fisheries while studying benthic marine invertebrate communities as they related to the development of marine protected areas in the Gulf of Maine.

picture of Lisa UttalLisa Uttal

Interim Director
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 421-9993 x 100

Lisa Uttal is the Sanctuary Exploration Center's Interim Director and is located at the Center in Santa Cruz, CA. From 2006-2012, Lisa was the Project Manager for the Sanctuary Exploration Center, coordinating the project with the City of Santa Cruz Economic and Redevelopment Agency. She took the lead for MBNMS on the design, development and construction of both the Center's facility and exhibits. While Lisa continues to work on the exhibit design, she is currently directing the Center's operations and education program development since the Center's Grand Opening on July 23, 2013.

Lisa has over 25 years of marine education and research experience in the Monterey Bay, developing and designing programs that use science as the basis of learning experiences. Lisa attended University of Michigan and received a zoology degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She holds an M.S. degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories where she conducted deep-sea research on gelatinous mid-water organisms at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Lisa's ability to be a liaison between scientific research and informal/formal education are one of her strengths and enable her to involve and educate the public in marine and coastal resource issues through science-based stewardship.

picture of Chelsea PrindleChelsea Prindle

Education Specialist
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 421-9993 x 101

As an MBNMS Education Specialist, Chelsea Prindle is involved with coordinating and implementing the Voices of the Bay fisheries education program and the Sanctuary Exploration Center education programs. Ms. Prindle graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and earned a Masters of Science from CSU Monterey Bay in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy. She has over five years experience working with marine science outreach programs, and has a passion for educating the public about the marine environment and promoting environmental stewardship. Prior to working for Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Ms. Prindle worked with a marine citizen-science based monitoring program to enhance their sampling protocol, and worked for the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology to evaluate the effects of marine protected areas on benthic communities in the Gulf of Maine.

picture of Craig JutsonCraig Jutson

Operations Specialist
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 421-9993 x 103

Jutson was formerly Director of Technology, Community Television of Santa Cruz County (CTV), has 24 years experience in television production and facility operations. In his 12 years at CTV, Jutson was an award-winning television producer, and an accomplished television systems integrator, leading CTV's adoption of HDTV mobile production, and digital master control facilities.

Jutson worked in college theater, radio, television and film while earning his 1987 B.A. in Telecommunications from Texas Tech. An avid backpacker and hiker, Jutson lists bagging several Sierra Nevada 14'ers amongst his favorite accomplishments.

picture of Brittany CooperBrittany Cooper

Docent Coordinator
Coastal Discovery Center
(805) 927-6291

As a Docent Coordinator for the Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon, Brittany Cooper is involved with managing the docent program, co-managing the Discovery Center itself, technology support, and Coastal Discovery Center education programs.

Ms. Cooper is currently a full-time student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Marine Biology and Fisheries in the spring of 2014. During her 3 years of employment Ms. Cooper has developed and piloted a take-it-outside program sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management's California Coastal National Monument, executed pier educational programs, and assisted in the training of three docent classes, the planning and execution of two MBNMS-south Spring Lecture Series, and four Ocean's Fairs. Brittany loves teaching the public about the nature and preservation of freshwater and marine environments.

picture of Brian AhlersBrian Ahlers

Program Assistant and MERITO Academy Coordinator
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 421-9993 x 102

While he assists with education programs and public outreach at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, Brian is also this year's MERITO Coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Originally from Maine and graduating from Dalhousie University in Canada with a double major in Biology and Neuroscience, Brian has 4 years experience in both formal and informal science education. After visiting classrooms and teaching ecology and conservation for the Americorp in Oregon and Washington, Brian more recently excelled in teaching marine science for the Catalina Island Marine Institute for two years. When he's not scuba diving, backpacking, or playing the drums, you might see him out on the field coaching high school lacrosse.



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