“As an ocean science educator, I thrive on interpreting cutting-edge marine and coastal research to make it relevant and meaningful for my audiences. I am dedicated to improving ocean science literacy worldwide. The oceans — from coral reefs to polar seas — need global attention and protection immediately, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this effort.” – kvw
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I was inspired early on by my experiences growing up in Japan, Norway and England, and I have been steadily working my way around the globe ever since. Part of getting this website up and running is because I want to share my enthusiasm for wild places and remote cultures as I go.
Since graduating from college I have earned a living as a marine science educator, scuba instructor, captain, backcountry kayak guide and sailing instructor. I worked for over a decade directing science education programs, training other educators and creating meaningful outdoor experiences for my audiences. Most recently I was with a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program developing initiatives and community-based collaborations to raise awareness about the importance of estuaries, water quality, and coastal climate change impacts.
Over the years, I have also enjoyed working as a naturalist, lecturer and Zodiac driver on small expedition ships in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, in the Caribbean and Central America, and in Artic Norway, Russia and Alaska. Presently, I am working full-time on marine conservation projects and expedition travel.
On this website, I look forward to sharing my good humor (often corny) and my infatuation with life in and around the world’s oceans.
I am married to amazement as I travel this watery planet of ours.
P.S. There are many people and organizations to whom I owe thanks for their support over the years and over the seas. It’s been a privilege to call myself a team member. See below for a sampling…