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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 the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science 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 Master of Science in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Science 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 Nicole UibelNicole Uibel

Program Specialist
Coastal Discovery Center
(805) 927-6291

As Program Assistant for the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay, Nicole is tasked with docent coordination, educational program development, and planning and implementing exhibits within the center. Nicole received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences through California Polytechnic State University, where she is currently a graduate student earning her Masters of Science studying the interaction between plastic pollutants and invertebrate development.

Nicole has over five years of experience in informal learning environments, as both an educator and researcher; from stream monitoring with California Trout, research internships with The Seas at Walt Disney World, and finally as a Teaching Assistant in multiple science and communication courses at Cal Poly. Nicole’s passion lies at the connection between research and education, and she looks forward to interacting with and learning from our partners, docents, and visitors.

picture of Lisa UttalLisa Uttal

Center Director
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4180

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 Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She holds a Master of Science 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) 425-4181

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 the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and earned a Master of Science from California State University, 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 Michael RayMichael Ray

Gift and Bookstore Manager
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4185

As the Sanctuary Exploration Center’s Gift and Bookstore Manager, Michael Ray oversees operations in the Gift and Bookstore. He ensures visitors are provided with a quality selection of local and sustainable items that further promote the educational message of the facility. Michael graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in both Environmental Studies and Economics where he focused on coastal and marine resources. His passion for promoting awareness and understanding of marine environments has resulted in years of experience in environmental outreach and education. Prior to working at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, Michael worked as a California State Park Interpretive Specialist, a retail assistant for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and a Sanctuary Steward for Save Our Shores.

picture of Catherine DrakeCatherine Drake

Program Assistant
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4182

As a Program Assistant at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, Catherine Drake is involved in exhibit maintenance and troubleshooting, creating content for interactive games for visitors, and assisting docents. She attended the University of California, Irvine and got a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is currently a graduate student at Moss Landing Marine Labs and is working toward getting a Master’s degree in Marine Science. For her thesis, Catherine is trying to understand the behavior of decoration in local decorator crabs. They have hooked bristles on their appendages and carapaces, called setae, which are much like Velcro and allow the crabs to attach items from their environment to their bodies to camouflage themselves and avoid predation.

She has experience working with the public, both in customer service at Disneyland and in finance, and also in fields related to science. Working at her graduate school's Open House every year and also volunteering for the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Young Women in Science program has given her unique perspectives on how to teach science to young children and also adults. A scuba diver, Catherine is passionate about respecting the ocean while enjoying its wonders, as well as the importance of maintaining sustainable practices. Wanting to spread this message to others, she trained and volunteered as a Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center docent and then later began working at the Center.

Nicholas Ingram

Program Assistant
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4182



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