Erika is a science educator with a background in program administration and volunteer coordination. Since 2014, she has coordinated volunteer and internship programs for COASST, (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, a Puget Sound citizen science program of the University of Washington).Erika is responsible for communicating with COASST volunteers, conducting training sessions, and coordinating the COASST intern program.
Prior to joining COASST, Erika worked as a marine science interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium and led school programs at the Woodland Park Zoo.
Erika studied Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. She has worked as an educator for zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and non-profits throughout the country, connecting the public to engaging science education opportunities.
When not in the COASST office, Erika enjoys SCUBA diving, hiking, camping, playing piano, and writing music.