Meet Our Instructors

Meet the faces behind the masks!

Our Instructors are all ocean enthusiasts with backgrounds in marine science.  They love to inspire in our next generation a connection to our ocean planet through memorable STEM learning experiences. Find out more about our awesome educators below!

 

Camila 

Where did you go to college?
UCSD
What was your major?
Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
What is your favorite ocean animal?
Sea lion
What is your favorite animal at the aquarium?
Abalone
What is your favorite topic to teach?
Habitats, climate topics
Why are you passionate about the ocean and ocean education?
I am passionate about the ocean because it is powerful, beautiful and super important for all living things and the planet! I am passionate about ocean education because I believe it is important for people of all ages to know and experience how awesome the ocean is.
What is your favorite thing about your job? 
My favorite thing about my job is seeing children's faces light up with excitement and start sharing all of the facts they know about their favorite ocean animal or topic!
Do you have a favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is boxing.
Do you have a "fun fact" about yourself? 
I don't like ranch dressing, except with pizza...sometimes.

 

Dave

Where did you go to college?
UMaine at Machias
What was your major?
Marine Biology
What is your favorite ocean animal?
Box Jellies
What is your favorite animal at the aquarium?
Archer fish
What is your favorite topic to teach?
Climate Change
Why are you passionate about the ocean and ocean education?
I love and admire all things about the ocean and want to share that with as many people as possible
What is your favorite thing about your job? 
Talking about cool science facts all day
Do you have a favorite hobby?
Snorkeling and playing in the ocean
Do you have a "fun fact" about yourself? 
I once walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail

 

Matt 

Where did you go to college?
UC San Diego (Go Tritons!)
What was your major?
Marine Biology BS & Comparative Politics BA
What is your favorite ocean animal?
The Sea Cucumber
What is your favorite animal at the aquarium?
The Sea Cucumber!
What is your favorite topic to teach?
Sand and Plate Tectonics
Why are you passionate about the ocean and ocean education?
All life began in the ocean and there is still so much to learn; learning about it, conserving it, and protecting it is paramount to enacting meaningful climate justice!
What is your favorite thing about your job? 
My favorite part of the job is getting to do so many hands-on experiments and animal encounters! Nothing beats the feeling of the cold California sea!
Do you have a favorite hobby?
Summertime in San Diego can't be beat; you can always find me lounging on the beach, snorkeling at the cove, or hiking along the coast
Do you have a "fun fact" about yourself? 
I'm a San Diegan born and raised, nothing compares to America's Finest City!

 

Tayler

Where did you go to college?
University of California, San Diego
What was your major?
Marine Biology
What is your favorite ocean animal?
Jellies & octopus 
What is your favorite animal at the aquarium?
Giant Sea Bass
What is your favorite topic to teach?
Coral Ecology, STEM Careers
Why are you passionate about the ocean and ocean education?
I love that there is still so much to learn and understand about the ocean. I'm passionate about ocean education because I think we need to try and protect the largest environment we have on Earth. 
What is your favorite thing about your job? 
Interacting with such a diverse audience regularly. It helps to keep things new and exciting. 
Do you have a favorite hobby?
I love gardening and painting! 
Do you have a "fun fact" about yourself? 
I grew up in an animal loving family which means I've had all kinds of weird pets, including a Donkey.