I grew up on the East Coast, the daughter of a teacher and an oceanographer. I learned to love learning and the natural world at an early age. As an undergraduate at Oberlin College I spent a couple summers doing research in Western Australia with my adviser. From there I went on to receive my MA at Binghamton University where I studied salt deposits in Western China. I received my PhD from Johns Hopkins University where I studied marine sedimentary rocks in northern Italy. I have been teaching courses in Environmental, Earth, Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences since the midÕ_?990s. I have also translated science for public audiences-creating exhibits for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. I am inspired to share my love, understanding and appreciation of the natural world, both marine and terrestrial, with people of all ages and from all walks of life. I engage people through a variety of different modalities, including online learning, inquiryÕ_à£ased learning and creative exploration. I moved to California in 2008 and have never looked back. I enjoy being on the ocean on my stand up paddle board and enjoying a close encounter with marine organisms-sea lions, dolphins and gray whales to name a few of my favorites.