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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
liz.love@noaa.gov

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
carolyn.skinder@noaa.gov

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 Brittany CooperBrittany Cooper

Docent Coordinator
Coastal Discovery Center
(805) 927-6291
brittany.cooper@noaa.gov

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 Lisa UttalLisa Uttal

Center Director
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4180
lisa.uttal@noaa.gov

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) 425-4181
chelsea.prindle@noaa.gov

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.



Sarah Stegner

Gift and Bookstore Manager
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4185
sarah.stegner@noaa.gov

 

 



Steven Ellmore

Program Assistant
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4182
steven.ellmore@noaa.gov

 

 



Nicholas Ingram

Program Assistant
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4182
nicholas.ingram@noaa.gov

 

 



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