As an avid outdoorsman, traveler, and science communicator, Shaun brings a global perspective to his work as an Education Specialist for the Mote Education team. Fusing a love for communications, journalism, emergency medicine, and marine science has led him on an interesting career path in which he has had the opportunity to teach Marine Ecology as a Sailing Instructor aboard 50-foot sailing vessels in the British Virgin Islands, examine the impacts of environmental degradation and development across Asia, act as medical personnel for remote expeditions in South American jungles, and develop reforestation projects in Australia’s Kuranda Rainforest.
Shaun’s journey began by exploring the woods of Virginia in the Boy Scouts of America. Time spent hiking, camping, learning skills of self-sufficiency, and observing nature inspired a lifelong passion for environmental conservation that guides his approach to life. At the end of the day, there’s nothing greater than spending time outdoors connecting with nature. Perpetually curious, continually day-dreaming, and insatiably hungry for adventure, Shaun enjoys strong black coffee, well-written science articles, long walks in the woods, and petting his polydactyl cat for brief moments before his Australian Cattle Dog intervenes.
B.S. Biology, Minor in Spanish – Hampden-Sydney College, 2010
As a Science Writer, Shaun has been featured in a number of blogs, websites, newsletters, and publications over the course of his career, but his greatest accomplishment remains his claim to the title of 1998 5th Grade Spelling Bee Champion.
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.)