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MBNMS Education & Outreach Staff

picture of Amity WoodAmity Wood

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

As the Education and Outreach Coordinator, Amity guides the sanctuary’s education team in the implementation of strategic and annual planning for education programs, including overseeing the development, dissemination and evaluation of education and outreach activities, products, signage, and exhibits for visitor centers that promote stewardship and protection of sanctuary resources.

Amity holds over 20 years’ experience in the development and delivery of science education and teacher training programs across a wide spectrum of organizations. Prior to working with MBNMS, Amity served for ten years as the Director of Camp SEA Lab, a youth marine science program at Cal State University Monterey Bay. In addition, Amity worked to implement education programs at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island Marine Institute, and Farallones Marine Sanctuary, building ocean knowledge and stewardship for future generations.

Amity graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, and earned a Master of Arts in Education from University of San Francisco. When not educating the public about ocean conservation, Amity enjoys spending time kayaking, surfing, and SCUBA diving in sanctuary waters.

picture of Michele RoestMichele Roest

Southern Region Program Coordinator and Community Liaison
(805) 927-2145

Michele is a biologist, science educator and interpretive planner. Her government agency work as a biologist includes the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and California Department of Fish & Game.

As a science educator, Michele has taught biological concepts for K-12 and is a biology instructor at the college level. Michele is a lead instructor for the UC California Naturalist Program and teaches the course at Cuesta College. As a curriculum developer, Michele works with environmental education organizations to develop education programs that are consistent with national and state science standards.

As an interpretive planner and project manager, Michele works with government agencies, nonprofits and private businesses to develop science-based outreach and education programs and products. Verified work examples include multi-year education plans, nature center exhibits, science-based signage plans, and ecotourism programs.


picture of Lisa UttalLisa Uttal

Education and Outreach Specialist
(831) 420-3669

Lisa develops science-based education programs, interactive exhibits, and film that use her marine research and education background to deliver STEM experiences to a broad audience, with a goal to instill behavior change that results in ocean stewardship. Lisa heads up a Plankton Monitoring Program which is implemented along the sanctuary's coast. She also created the Voices of the Bay Fisheries curriculum as well as a California Salmon traveling exhibit, a Sanctuary Soundscape exhibit and a whaling exhibit. From 2007-2012, Lisa was NOAA's Project Manager along with City of Santa Cruz Economic Development for the design, development and construction of MBNMS Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC), a LEED Gold facility. From 2012-2015, Lisa was the Center Director setting up facility operations, a new gift store and new programs

Lisa has over 25 years of marine education and research experience in the Monterey Bay. Lisa attended University of Michigan as a scholar athlete in gymnastics 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

Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4181

As Sanctuary Exploration Center Manager, Ms. Prindle is responsible for overseeing the education programs and overall operation of the Sanctuary Exploration Center. She sets program goals, trains appropriate staff and volunteers and oversees program implementation. Ms. Prindle has over four years coordinating environmental education programs for MBNMS and over 10 years experience in informal youth education. 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.

image of Nick IngramNicholas Ingram

Exhibit & Interpretive Specialist
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4184

As Program Specialist, Nick is responsible for coordinating the volunteer program and daily operations of the Sanctuary Exploration Center. He coordinates field trips with teachers and volunteers and assists in implementing programs on the day of the field trip. Nick has a Bachelors degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and over four years experience working in informal education with a wide variety of audiences.




image of Emily PierceEmily Pierce

Education Program Specialist
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4183

As a program specialist, Emily books field trips and helps create resources to improve teacher and student experiences at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Outside of work, Emily is a graduate student at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories studying environmental DNA from local, threatened molluscs in a molecular biology lab. Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pepperdine University and will have a Master of Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Marine Science in early 2020. Emily has over 6 years of experience in education, working as a teaching assistant, substitute teacher, and field trip leader. She loves being able to work with kids and preparing them to be stewards of our beautiful marine sanctuary.



image of Acy WoodAcy Wood

Volunteer Coordinator
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4185

Acy serves as the Volunteer coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Acy creates the schedule for the volunteers at the Sanctuary Exploration center and acts as a go-between for the staff and the volunteer force. Outside of the Sanctuary Exploration Center, Acy is studying as a graduate student at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Phycology Lab, which is the study of seaweeds. He is researching the morphology of the common rockweed, Fucus distichus. He is expected to graduate with a Master of Science in late 2021. Before living in California, Acy attended school at University of Hawaii at Manoa and Western Washington University, along with study abroads to Canada and Mexico. He has 5 years of experience as a marine science instructor and working with volunteers. He is passionate about marine education and instilling a sense of stewardship in the next generation of scientists