Washington coast ignites passion for science communication

Zoe on the Olympic Coast with an ochre star.

Recent SMEA graduate Zoe van Duivenbode was featured in the College of the Environment’s June newsletter, highlighting her work as a marine educator at Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park, where she developed ways she could connect the lessons of the sea to tourists on their summer vacation. Zoe was awarded the Future Park Leaders for Emerging Change Internship, a program for graduate students to work on climate issues related to emerging needs in national parks. As the article states “She was also able to use her time to help the National Park Service take its first steps in developing an ocean acidification communication toolkit, which will help rangers and park scientists track ocean acidification research and monitoring programs taking place in national parks across the country, and to provide them with information on impacts to marine species and ecosystems. Additionally, the toolkit will include a suite of outreach and education materials, effective communication tips, interpretive programs and case studies of different ocean acidification monitoring projects taking place within the national parks for interpreters and educators.” While at SMEA, Zoe focused on how climate change and ocean acidification will impact social and ecological communities. A core piece of her work included becoming a better communicator of science to inspire people of all ages to be caretakers of our planet.