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