Elaina Wheaton grew up on the island of Guam. She studied biology at the University of Guam while working at UnderWater World, the local aquarium, as an aquarist and diver. She continued to work for the aquarium in various positions including Education Coordinator, Director of Education and Front of House Manager. While pursuing her Master's degree, she worked for the Guam Coastal Management Program as a Special Project Coordinator, developing and implementing a community-based social marketing campaign to prevent wildfires and restore watersheds. She later moved back into the education field where she developed environmental literacy curricula for the University of Guam, and taught Environmental and Marine Biology courses as an adjunct instructor with the Guam Community College. Her goal is to provide opportunities for people to engage in science and connect with the environment in fun, interactive, and meaningful ways to inspire stewardship for natural resources.
B.A. in Biology from University of Guam in 2004
M.A. in Communications from University of Texas, El Paso in 2011.
Mote Aquarium hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, closing at 1 p.m. due to anticipated traffic from Friday-evening road closures announced by the Town of Longboat Key.
(Normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., resume Saturday, Feb. 29.)