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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 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 Lisa UttalLisa Uttal

Education Specialist
(831) 420-3664

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

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.

Michelle Berryessa

Giftstore Manager and Facility Rental Coordinator
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4185




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.

image of Nick IngramNicholas Ingram

Program Specialist, Volunteer Coordinator
Sanctuary Exploration Center
(831) 425-4182

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.




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