created a video
about their Master Scuba Diver program that featured me and diving
in the Pacific Northwest. Worked with underwater videographer Laura
James, and topside videographer Brad Curran of Puget Sound Creative.
educational REEF Field Survey trips for divers to learn fish and invertebrate
ID and participate in the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Destinations
have included Hornby Island BC, Barkley Sound, BC, and Catalina Island.
2012 - 2015
to the Women Divers Hall of Fame (2014)
REEF's Advanced Assessment Team on a weeklong fish and invertebrate
monitoring survey project in the San Juan Islands. This project is
in conjunction with the SeaDoc Society. (2013 - 2014)
Dive News Networks' 2013 Diver
of the Year award.
and selected to serve on WDFW's citizen advisory board for the Giant
Pacific Octopus protection
photographer for Milton Love, Tom Laidig and John Butler's "A
Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast
for REEF's social media Facebook page - 1 post per day for outreach,
teaching and community building purposes. 2012 - present
design and acquire photos for REEF's NE US and Canada laminated
Fish ID card. 2011
for the NE US & Canada's laminated Invertebrate ID card, South
Atlantic States Region (SAS) fish and invertebrate ID cards, 2013
photographer (and more!) for Milton Love's new Certainly More Than
You Want to Know About The Fishes of the Pacific Coast - 2011
photographer for Andy Lamb's new Coastal Fishes of the Pacific NW
(2nd edition) - 2011
"Fishinars" (Webinars that teach Fish ID) as part of REEF's
resources to support its Volunteer Fish Survey Program. Complete webinar
management for over 100 webinars. 2011 to present.
design and provide photos for REEF's Pacific NW Invertebrate ID card
of the REEF Advanced Assessment Team that surveyed the Monterey Bay
National Marine Sanctuary and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Help set up project, select survey sites,
organize surveyors, error check data, etc.
I took of stressed fish and invertebrates appear on the front page
of the Seattle Times (which was super cool!) in a story about Hood
Canal's low oxygen problem. Also
video I took appears on their website here. (October 2010)
Sun runs a story about the low oxygen problem in Hood Canal and includes
video I took. Online
version here. (October 2010)
of the Oceans People category for the Living
Oceans Society photo contest. (October 2010)
for the Warren G. Magnuson Puget Sound Legacy award. (March 2010)
on REEF's Pacific NW Fish ID and Invertebrate ID, and California Fish
ID instructor curricula - providing and acquiring photos, writing
up text, debugging and proofing. Taught Fish/Invertebrate/Algae ID
courses in California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), Santa Cruz (UCSC),
San Diego, Dana Point (Ocean Institute) and in Long Beach at the Aquarium
of the Pacific.
design and provided photos for REEF's Pacific Coast laminated Fish
as REEF's Outreach Coordinator (January 2010). Responsibilities include
coordination of REEF's presence at West coast dive shows, Field Station
assistance and promotion, assist with REEF database management (creation
and mapping of zone codes worldwide, error checking Pacific NW, California
and Northeast data).
REEF fish and invertebrate ID courses to divers at Shannon Point Marine
Science Center (Anacortes), the Oregon Zoo, Redondo's Marine Science
and Technology Center. (2010)
and selected to serve on WDFW's advisory board for the new Puget Sound
Rockfish Conservation Plan. (Dec 2009 - 2010)
of the PNW REEF Advanced Assessment Team that conducted a week-long
survey of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. August 2009.
speaker at the Seattle Aquarium for World Oceans Day 2009 - "Beneath
the Ocean: A SCUBA Diver's View"
on NPR (KUOW - Seattle) for a news feature by reporter Ann Dornfeld
of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team (Pacific Coast) - diver for the
2009 annual marine life survey of the Monterey Bay National Marine
for the Marine Science and Technology Center's "Science on the
Sound" lecture series.
of my photos featured in a special article in Portland's Oregonian
newspaper on 3/1/09 - View
it here (only 2 photos in the online version) Beauty is below
the surface for Northwest Divers by Ellee Thalheimer.
Safety Officer for Washington State University's Scientific diving
program. (Vancouver) Also participated as a scientific diver on eelgrass
surveys and Bottomfish Recovery Zone projects in the San Juan Islands
through University of Washington and UC-Davis (SeaDoc Society). 2004
hundreds of REEF volunteer divers and organized survey dives in various
locations in Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the San Juan Islands. Work
with local charter captains and divers to get mapping coordinates
for dive sites and input into the REEF database. Ongoing...
up, gather photos, manage the subscription list and distribute a newsletter
to almost 1000 volunteer divers in the Pacific NW for the REEF organization.
This list has grown through local training classes, organized dives,
and presentations to dive clubs, from about 200 divers to over 1000
divers in just 6 years.
Ratfish photo of mine appears in the new book "Ocean", by
the American Museum of Natural History.
photographer for the new Coastal Fish ID book (2nd edition) by Paul
gather accompanying photos and distribute a monthly newsletter to
almost 500 Washington Scuba Alliance members. Manage the membership
list for WSA and serve on the board of directors as Secretary.
Santella's book, "Fifty Places to Dive before you Die" features
an interview with me about diving in Puget Sound.
appeared in Alaska SeaLife Center's new Guide to Marine Life, by John
Uscian. (Alaska Sea Grant)
with Dr. Christy Semmens of two poster presentations at the 2009 Puget
Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem conference on REEF citizen science and
volunteer monitoring of both invasive tunicates as well as monitoring
the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
gathered photos and wrote the curriculum for REEF's new Advanced Fish
ID course. Debuted the course at the Seattle Aquarium, as well as
at the Oregon Zoo and the Vancouver Aquarium in 2008.
of several volunteer divers interviewed for a story on invasive tunicates
in Puget Sound by Tacoma News Tribune reporter, Susan Gordon. Read
it here. 2008
at the SeaDoc Society's Marine Lecture Series on Orcas Island. 2008
a presentation at People for Puget Sound's monthly speaker series,
"Exploring Puget Sound" at REI in Seattle. 2008
2008 survey of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and led
volunteer surveyors for the annual 2008 Olympic Coast National Marine
Sanctuary survey project.
of REEF volunteer dive team that found a derelict net entangled in
delicate Cloud Sponges in Hood Canal, and worked with the NW
Straits Commission to have the net removed. Full
appear on WDFW
website for Fish identification. 2008
by KUOW reporter (and recreational diver!) Ann Dornfeld about Hood
Canal's invasive tunicates. Read
or listen here. 2008
of survey team to follow up with invasive tunicate sightings in the
San Juan Islands - article
of regional marine life used for beach-side kiosk design at Clallam
County's Salt Creek Park. 2008
bi-monthly survey projects for REEF's Advanced Assessment Team to
gather data in Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the San Juan Islands. 2007
a series of workshops in the Puget Sound/Hood Canal region to train
recreational divers how to ID and handle sightings of invasive tunicates.
Sponsored by the Puget
Sound Action Team (now Puget Sound Partnership) - 2007
at the Georgia
Basin Puget Sound Researcher's Conference in Vancouver BC about
REEF Fish and Invertebrate ID courses and their positive effects upon
recreational divers. Also presented a poster about using volunteer
divers to help monitor Invasive Tunicates and Stress in Hood Canal.
I've taken of invasive tunicates are being used by the British Columbia
Shellfish Growers Association for training, education and outreach.
by National Public Radio (NPR) for a segment
about Invasive Tunicates on the Day-To-Day Show by Luke Burbank.
in conjunction with the Seattle Times (Warren Cornwall) for an article
about Invasive Tunicates in Washington and volunteer diver efforts
to monitor and remove them. 2007
Article about diving in Hood Canal that appeared in the Winter 2005
issue of Hood Canal News
trained, and acquired a Scientific Collection Permit from WDFW for
a small team of volunteer divers who locate, monitor and remove invasive
tunicates in Washington's marine waters. 2006 to present
monthly volunteer diver transect surveys in Hood Canal to gather data
for the Hood
Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program - 2006 to 2008. Article about the
dive project appeared in the Puget Sound News.
of People for
Puget Sound - joined 2006
Member of Puget Sound Partnership's Tunicate Response Advisory Committee
in Olympia - 2006 to present
of invasive tunicates in Washington are being used by the Puget Sound
Partnership on posters and flyers warning boaters, divers and marina
owners about the various species - 2006
photos of Rock Sole and Crescent Gunnel grace the cover of Milton
Love's newest thriller, "Resource Inventory of Marine and Estuarine
Fishes of the West Coast and Alaska" (Summer 2005)
Serve on the Board of Directors for Washington
Scuba Alliance. Actively serve to promote Scuba Diving in the
Northwest. 2006 - 2010
Seattle Aquarium and the SeaDoc
Society partnered to sponsor me to teach REEF Fish and Invertebrate
ID Classes at the aquarium in May 2005 and again in 2006
Volunteer of the Year (2003)
for the Marine Ecology class at the Oregon Coast Aquarium - 2004 to
Dive Club's online critter watchers forum as well as Northwest
Diver's Creature Feature online forum.
collaborator. Contributed a number of Pacific NW fish species photos
to their online database. Ongoing.
for several High School student's Senior Projects. 2003, 2004
Training Magazine's cover story for Sept 2003 is an article called
'Scuba Stewards' and I'm one of 5 featured divers in that article.
of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team (AAT). Participated in the Olympic
Coast National Marine Sanctuary survey trip 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008,
by NorthwestDiver.com Radio program about REEF and the Pacific NW
Level 5 for Pacific NW - Expert status and able to administer all
REEF Level exams to Pacific NW surveyors, also a REEF Field Station
introductory seminars about Critter Watching to dive clubs in the
Northwest area (2002 - 2004)
NW Critterwatchers - maintain the website and buddy list, email
divers each month, gather material, organize dives and schedule survey
articles and photos (including cover!) by me have been published in
Northwest Dive News from 2000 - 2004.
short hands-on seminars for grade-school children about scuba diving
and marine biology. (2002 - 2004)
Community College speaker for Marine Biology and Oceanography classes.
(2003) Many of my photos are used in their Marine Science and Technology
of REEF's top 10 Fish Surveyors in the Pacific region, 2002 - present
and taught public seminars and scuba dives for REEF's Great Annual
Fish Count in 2002-present
participant in REEF's Quadra Island, BC Field Survey (2003) and Monterey
Bay Field Survey project (2002, 2006)
Vermilion and Black rockfish photos were used on the Pacific Marine
Conservation Council's website. (Rockfish of the month)
of my photos are used in REEF's Pacific NW Fish and Invertebrate ID
for San Juan County's Bottomfish Recovery Program, 2002, 2006, 2007.
Conducted both transect and REEF surveys.
at the Washington Sea Grant Aquatic Nuisance Species Workshop in Seattle,
2002 (and no, it isn't divers that are the nuisance, in spite of what
you've seen...) :)
with Dr. Christy Semmens (Scientific Coordinator for REEF) and other
REEF Instructors on the Pacific NW Fish ID curriculum. (ongoing)
taken 4000+ underwater photos and use many of them in my Fish ID
and Invertebrate ID classes.