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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 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.

Ashlyn Adams

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




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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