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Climate Change Here and Now: Impacts on Western Coasts, Ocean and Atmosphere

Carol Preston
Carol Preston Carol Preston is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary encompasses an area similar in size to Yosemite National Park. The Sanctuary is located a few miles west of San Francisco. She oversees the interpretive exhibit, outreach and educational programs. From 1992 to 2003 she was Curator of Natural Science for the City and County of San Francisco, where she administered and managed the natural sciences department at the Randall Museum as well as other natural history programs and projects in San Francisco. She has developed and produced interactive exhibits, public programs and K-college level curriculum. For the past thirty years she has been actively involved in Bay Area science collaborations and partnerships with a wide array of science and natural resource organizations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Vermont and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Paulo Maurin
Dr. Paulo Maurin Paulo Maurin works with Coral Reef Conservation Program, in educational and outreach activities, managing the coral fellowship program, and assisting in the planning of marine conservation efforts in the Pacific region. He has also worked with the US Coral Reef Task Force as a Sea Grant fellow coordinating reporting with member federal agencies. Paulo obtained his PhD in the University of Hawaii, where he studied co-management of coastal marine resources, involving community, government and NGO stakeholders in Kona, Hawaii.

Judy Koepsell
Judy Koepsell Judy Koepsell is a physical scientist in the Climate Services Division at National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to joining the National Weather Service in 1990, she served in the United States Air Force, and, before that, taught earth science at Madison High School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Eric Boldt
Eric Boldt Eric Boldt is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles/Oxnard forecast office located in Oxnard, California. He is responsible for the weather office's severe weather watch and warning programs, and public outreach and education programs, covering the four-county area of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Eric is a graduate of the University of Kansas and has worked in the field of meteorology for over 22 years. He has worked as a meteorologist for the NWS across the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rockies, and for the last 6 years in southern California.

Bruce Moravchik
Bruce Moravchik Bruce Moravchik is an education specialist in NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS). He is a key developer of NOS's Education Web site, a series of innovative online materials for students and educators that convey NOAA's research, technology, and activities. He is also manages NOAA Climate Stewards, a national program to provide educators with sustained professional development in climate and related sciences, and use collaborative online tools so they may help build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities.

Bruce has worked with scientists and educators across NOAA to develop original content for many NOAA Web sites, and with Maryland and Virginia educators on Problem Based Learning initiatives. Prior working at NOAA he established and ran a marine and environmental studies program at a private high school in Rhode Island, working with teachers and students on coastal ecology, aquaculture, and habitat restoration. He has taught oceanography on board the tall ship Westward in the Caribbean for the Sea Education Association; studied the behavioral ecology of lobster and crab populations in Rhode Island and Maine; and conducted research in coral reef ecology in the Red Sea.

Peggy Steffen
Peggy Steffen Peg Steffen is the education coordinator for the Communications and Education Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. She started federal service as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in the Education Division of NASA in 2000. While at NASA she was an education program manager at NASA Headquarters and started the NASA Explorer Schools program. In 2006 she joined NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she leads a development team that provides web-based products, professional development and educational games.

Peg Steffen holds a BS degree in Zoology from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Drake University. She holds a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescent and Young Adult Science. Her classroom teaching experiences span 25 years in grades 8-12 in biology, physics, and astronomy/geology. She served as adjunct college professor at Buena Vista University for 8 years teaching zoology and geology to pre-service teachers. Peg has provided teacher professional development workshops for over 30 years to teachers in the United States, Sweden, Mexico, and Scotland.

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