Research Interests: I draw from my experience teaching in formal and informal education settings to develop science curriculum for students in grades 6-16. Working in conjunction with scientists to ensure accuracy in the science and accessibility to the students, I plan, develop, and implement programs for 6-12 students and trainings for 6-16 educators to disseminate these developed curricula. Through these projects I work to enhance and increase the scientific and data literacy of educators, students, and the general public by connecting them with authentic data, cutting edge science, and scientists trained in effective science communication skills.
Short History: I am bi-coastal. I was born in California and returned to the west coast for teaching, policy and graduate work after college. However, when I was in elementary school I moved to the Boston area and became a New Englander at heart. I have lived all around both coasts in my pursuit of marine science intersts through teaching, research, and policy. I moved to New Jersey in 2011 to continue my passion for working at the interface of science and education through the Education and Outreach team at the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University. I have a M.Sc. in Marine Science and a M.A.T. in Earth & Life Science (Middle & High School), as well as I was previously a certfied middle and high school science teacher.
Climate and Data Literacy: Examining Effective Teaching and Learning Practices (Undergrad, Fall 2016)