Having always felt a connection to the ocean, Alison has made sure that every decision made has allowed her to be close to the water. After receiving her undergraduate degree in California, she participated in several field-based research internships studying sea turtles in Costa Rica, humpback whales in Hawaii, and manatees in Belize. Yearning for more knowledge and focus, she completed a Masters degree in Australia and subsequently took a position as head technician for a multi-institution, international project exploring fish populations dynamics in Lake Erie. Though she has dabbled in field and laboratory based research, policy and management, and teaching and outreach throughout her career, Alison has returned to what she believes to be the foundation of effective natural resource management – education. She is currently responsible for delivering engaging marine science-based lessons to schools and afterschool programs as well as maintaining and presenting Mote’s Mobile Exhibit at various events throughout Florida. Alison loves working within Mote’s diverse community outreach program to reach underserved and underrepresented audiences as well as the public to inspire marine conservation, environmental stewardship, and a general love of the fascinating world under the sea.
B.S. Aquatic Biology (UCSB, 2002)
Masters in Environmental Management/Conservation Biology (University of Queensland, Australia, 2006)