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Alex Adams is working on CoastalTourismResearch.com

I am recent graduate student of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. I am also the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Coastal Tourism Research, a research and consulting firm dedicated to helping promote sustainable tourism development in the coastal zone and at sea. For more information see www.coastaltourismresearch.com
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Interested Citizen, A leader or representative of a non-profit
Location: Seattle

Jennifer Albright is working on planning the next five years

research associate

I am a: Graduate Student, Part of another COSEE Center
Location: Massachusetts

Dionne Andersen

Dionne Andersen

I work at a vet lab and hope to enter a marine mammal research and education graduate program soon.
I am a: Scientist, Educator
Location: Seattle

Cathy Bacon

Marine mammal biologist with experience in marine mammals and issues affecting them (e.g. military training exercises; behavioral aspects, noise). My interests lie within ecological and biological aspects of marine mammals and conservation; sustainability of endangered species; bioacoustics: habitat and foraging ecology; behavior, and population dynamics. Conduct boat and aerial based marine protected species observations to support monitoring efforts for the U.S. Navy in waterways along the U.S. East, West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.
I am a: Scientist
Location: Everett Texas

Gregory Barord

Gregory Barord is working on nautilus conservation and education

PhD Candidate
I am a Marine Biologist studying all aspects of the chambered nautilus. I am primarily interested in nautilus conservation and sharing my work through educational outreach activities.
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Graduate Student
Location: New York City

Tracy Bech

Tracy Bech

I am a graduate of UW's School of Oceanography, with BS in Oceanography, with am emphasis on Biology. I am now a web developer living in Hood River, OR, and still try to spend as much time on, near or in water as possible.
I am a: Scientist
Location: Hood River, OR

Anna Belcher

Student
I am a UW undergraduate exchange student from the University of Southampton, UK. I am studying oceanography and currently helping out the Sound Citizen team at UW.
I am a: Scientist
Location: Seattle

Philip Bell

Philip Bell

Associate Professor of Education
I study how and why people learn about science and technology — and how it relates to what they want or need to accomplish in their lives. I am a Co-PI of the COSEE-OLC center. As someone who works in the learning sciences field, I’ve studied everyday learning, cognition and expertise in science; children's argumentation; the use of digital technologies within youth culture; the design and use of novel learning technologies; and new approaches to inquiry instruction in science. I direct the ethnographic and design-based research of the Everyday Science and Technology Group.
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Interested Citizen
Location: Seattle

Rachel Benbrook

Rachel Benbrook is working on building a network of volunteer sea kayakers and involving them in citizen science in Puget Sound.

Sea Kayaking Biologist
I am a 10 year resident of Puget Sound, currently living on Guemes Island. I coordinate the Spartina Survey Program for People For Puget Sound. We recruit and train volunteer sea kayakers to survey the shorelines of Puget Sound for invasive Spartina grass. I am looking for ways to build a network of citizen science volunteer kayakers and connect them with researchers that are doing good work for the Sound.
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Interested Citizen, Marine Volunteer, A leader or representative of a non-profit
Location: North Sound

Sara Bender is working on writing her manuscript!

I am a graduate student in the UW School of Oceanography studying the roll of important cellular pathways in the success of marine diatoms (a type of phytoplankton) in coastal waters off of Oregon and Washington.
I am a: Graduate Student
Location: Seattle

Barbara Bennett

student
Soon to complete my Master's in Marine Affairs, enjoying volunteering as a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist and Ocean Inquiry Project crew/ educator, and looking for employment to focus on Puget Sound restoration in the future.
I am a: Graduate Student
Location: Seattle

Karen Bergeron

Project coordinator

I am a: Scientist
Location: Seattle

Amanda Bruner

Amanda Bruner

Amanda Bruner earned her Master of Science from the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in 2010. Her thesis work described the effects of a common aquatic contaminant on the development and reproduction in the threespine stickleback fish. Amanda is a founding member of the University of Washington's student chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and was a NSF GK-12 teaching fellow in the Ocean And Coastal Integrated Science GK-12 Program from 2008-2010. In addition to her work in biology, Amanda's graduate work included the development and assessment of culturally responsive environmental science curricular materials.
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Graduate Student, Interested Citizen
Location: Seattle

Susan Bullerdick

Susan Bullerdick

I am the operations manager for the COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities. I have a background in the social sciences and have taught in both formal and informal educational settings. More recently I worked as an educator at the Seattle Aquarium and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. I have had the pleasure of working as a leader with the Seattle Aquarium's Beach Naturalist program over the past four summers.
I am a: Scientist, Educator
Location: Seattle

Amy Cash


I am a: Graduate Student
Location: Seattle

Karen Chan

Karen Chan

Graduate Student
I am a graduate student at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington. My research focuses on how swimming behaviors of marine invertebrates (i.e. their babies) will affect their dispersal pattern.
I am a: Graduate Student
Location: Seattle

Tansy Clay

Tansy Clay

COSEE-OLC education and outreach coordinator
I am a post-doc with COSEE-OLC focusing on science outreach and education, and am the program manager for the UW OACIS GK-12 program. I am interested in helping to connect scientists and current research with a broader community. My research interests are on the interactions between zooplankton morphology and small scale flows, and how these interactions affect plankton movement.
I am a: Scientist, Educator
Location: Seattle

Eric Collins

graduate student
I study Arctic microbes at the UW School of Oceanography
I am a: Scientist, Educator, Graduate Student
Location: Seattle

Cyndi Dawson is working on

Marine Ecologist
Cyndi Dawson - Reef Check California Science Director Cyndi Dawson, Science Director for Reef Check California, oversees diver training, manages data collection, analysis, and dissemination, and liaisons with academic and agency scientists. She has extensive experience monitoring California's nearshore rocky reefs and has been with Reef Check California since 2006. Cyndi received a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Humboldt State University in 1996 and a Master's degree in Marine Science from San Francisco State at Moss Landing Marine Labs in 2007. Cyndi's academic research has ranged from using acoustic telemetry to determine habitat use and movement of marine organisms to the study of population dynamics of rockfish. Before returning to graduate school in 2003, she was a biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game for 5 years and worked to standardize monitoring protocols for rocky subtidal reefs in California and develop management strategies for Marine Protected Areas. Cyndi has taught Scientific Diving at Humboldt State University and Moss Landing Marine Labs and is currently an active NAUI instructor.
I am a: Scientist
Location: California

Jenny East

I graduated in 2006 with a B.Sci. in biology/marine emphasis from Western Washington University. The past three summers I have volunteered with the Seattle Aquarium's Beach Naturalist program. I am currently exploring graduate school opportunities in marine science.
I am a: Scientist, Marine Volunteer
Location: Seattle

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