Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Meet our amazing AmeriCorps members for 2018-19!

Ellie Kravets, AmeriCorps Natural History Exhibit Educator
Returning from a successful season as Summer Camp Assistant is Ellie Kravets, now the AmeriCorps Natural History Exhibit Educator.

"I was born and raised in New Orleans, where I first fell in love with environmental education during the five years I spent handling raptors and writing choose-your-own-adventure programs as a volunteer/intern at the Audubon Zoo," says Ellie. "Fast forward through my undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked variously as a costume rearer (i.e.: crane mother) for Mississippi sandhill crane chicks and dodging alligators as a field tech for a botany project in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. 

"I graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Biology and Marine Science, and have spent the last year working as a naturalist in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to interpret the diverse biota of the dunes to children in the greater Chicago area," she says. "For all the time I've spent in other parts of the country, my family is rooted in the Northwest and the rocky coastlines of Washington/northern California have always been one of my childhood playgrounds. I'm thrilled to be able to transfer my long term passion for environmental education into a setting that has always captivated the best parts of my imagination."
Mandi Johnson, AmeriCorps Volunteer Program Educator

Mandi Johnson is the AmeriCorps Volunteer Program Educator. 

"I grew up in the deserts near Phoenix, Arizona," says Mandi. "Then I attended university in the mountain town of Flagstaff, where I studied Animal Science and Environmental Sustainability. 

"Despite never living on the coast, I always had a passion for the ocean," she says. "This past year, I have been working as the research and biologist intern at a Sea Turtle Conservation Station in Montezuma, Costa Rica. While working in Costa Rica, I have especially enjoyed guiding tourists and volunteers to discover their own passion and niche in the conservation community, and seeing their excitement when they find it. I am excited to continue working with people and marine life here at the PTMSC."

Marley Loomis, AmeriCorps Marine Exhibit Educator
Marley Loomis takes over as the AmeriCorps Marine Exhibit Educator. 

"I grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and discovered the world of marine biology through many visits to coastal areas around the world," says Marley. "I studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the goal to eventually move closer to the ocean. 

"After studying and conducting ecological research in Ecuador (studying piranhas and fishing activities in the Amazon), I decided to further pursue ecology and conservation of the wonderful world around us," she says. "I recently worked as an environmental educator at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, and am thoroughly enjoying my time in the Pacific Northwest. My list of hobbies is long and diverse, but a few things that top the list are SCUBA diving, rowing, climbing, and backpacking. I’m looking forward to spreading awareness and excitement for conservation of the Salish Sea."
Michael Siddel, Citizen Science Educator

Michael Siddel joins PTMSC as the AmeriCorps Citizen Science Educator.

"I recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in zoology," says Michael. "I'm originally from Eugene and have thoroughly enjoyed growing up in the Pacific Northwest. 

"I have always been fascinated by animals, but it wasn't until college that I discovered my passion for marine biology and conservation," he says. "I also really enjoy teaching, which is why I spent my last two years of college working as a math and science tutor. Since high school, I have been involved in a variety of volunteer projects, such as helping with sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and teaching English in Tanzania. I also love hiking, bird watching and exploring the coast. I'm very excited to serve as the Citizen Science Lab Educator for PTMSC."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Eleanora the Octopus Featured In PT Leader

photo by Lily Haight, Port Townsend Leader
Our new resident octopus is featured in the news!

"Eleanora, who is roughly 2 years old, originally came from the area around Whidbey Island. She had been living at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, where she was helping researchers study the intelligence of the Giant Pacific Octopus. Now, Eleanora is a resident of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center aquarium, where she’s being featured in a film that Florian Graner, the underwater documentarian of Sealife Productions, is working on." 

Read more about how PTMSC aquarist Ali Redman and documentarian Florian Graner interact with Eleanora in the Leader's article.

And be sure to come visit Eleanora during exhibit hours; Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

Thanks to Lily Haight at the Port Townsend Leader for the feature.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lecture: The Northwest Coastal Explorer

Sunday, November 11

3 pm

Robert Steelquist
Pacific Northwest writer, photographer,
naturalist, and environmental educator

The Fort Worden Chapel

Admission: $5

(students, teachers FREE)

Robert Steelquist is a native Pacific Northwest writer, naturalist, and environmental educator with a 30-year career introducing young and old to the nature of the Northwest. He has led hundreds on nature walks, backpacking trips, tall ship trainings, river floats, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools, and other outdoor learning adventures. With a practiced eye and patient voice he leads us to see the world around us, understand and experience its wonders. He lives in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, near Blyn, Washington. His latest book, The Northwest Coastal Explorer, was published by Timber Press in 2016. He served as Education Coordinator for NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary until retiring in 2014.

More info: http://blog.pencol.edu/robert-steelquist-curious-by-nature/

Contact: robertst@olypen.com

This is the second installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series.

This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available

Friday, October 5, 2018

Lecture--Swimming Through Swirls: Observing Ribbons and Rings of Ocean Circulation Autonomously

deploying underwater robots
Sunday, October 14

3 pm

Dr. Charles Eriksen
Professor, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
read bio here

The Fort Worden Chapel

Admission: $5

(students, teachers FREE)

Charlie Eriksen has helped change the way the ocean is observed, from top to bottom and shore to shore. His research group invented the Seaglider and Deepglider underwater vehicles. Scarcely six feet long, these autonomous vehicles swim thousands of miles while taking the pulse of ocean circulation: its temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, currents and biological properties. Eriksen deploys these robots to examine the undersea world of intense currents, where explosive turbulence and small subsurface waves interact with the global circulation.   


Contact:  eriksen@uw.edu

This is the first installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series.

This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Give Jefferson: Give Where You Live!

Through programs at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, kids get excited about science and environmental stewardship. With adequate preparation, high quality science jobs await the next generation.

Journey Orchanian, former PTMSC camper
“Going to a marine science camp was a lot of fun and I know it changed me. I am more confident and I tried new things because of it, like scuba diving and an oceanography class. Now I want to go into marine biology.” 

--Journey Orchanian

PTMSC is a proud 2018 Give Jefferson participant! This campaign is sponsored by the Jefferson Community Foundation and United Good Neighbors and offers people a way to learn about and support the wide variety of nonprofits enriching our county, including the Marine Science Center.

Visit www.givejefferson.org to view the Give Jefferson online Giving Catalog.
Only available for the month of October.