Ardi Kveven earned her bachelor's degree in biology with a marine emphasis, along with her teaching certificate, from the University of Washington. She holds a master's degree in science education from Western Washington University and a United States Coast Guard 100 ton Master’s License.
Prior to developing ORCA with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kveven taught marine science and oceanography from high school to the college level. She focused on introducing students to the marine biology of the Pacific Northwest.
Kveven views science as an active process….one that all students should have an opportunity to experience. Innovative work with engaging students in experimental research in the local estuary led to three National Science Foundation grants, including one for a custom designed 34 foot research vessel.
Kveven also serves as a board member for the SeaDoc Society, an organization that works to protect the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.