I believe the most important part about science is sharing both the process and the results with others.
I have developed and taught a graduate seminar on Marine Acoustics, as well as a course in marine science and policy, called “Navigating Wicked Marine Problems”. This interdisciplinary course explored the challenges in environmental management associated with the whale/ship strike issue on the US West Coast as a case study. The course was created in conjunction with the Monterey Institute for International Studies and the Center for Ocean Solutions/MARINE, and was attended by students from institutions around Monterey Bay.
In addition to more traditional teaching experience, I enjoy presenting in K-12 classrooms, teaching students through small projects and hands-on activities, working with volunteers in the field, and interacting with the public through online outreach.
In 2013, I was a Scientist-in-Residence with the Sitka Sound Science Center (SIRF), focusing on scientific outreach as well as collaborating on a project with Ron Holthuysen (Scientific Art Studio) where we talked about (and were successful at!) merging science with art. I also participated in several outreach efforts in the schools and the greater community, developing tools for teaching the public about our research.
Many of the projects I work on also maintain blogs about the fieldwork, or have an outreach focus.