Bali's Biorock Reef Restoration: Integrating Technology, Science, and Storytelling

Latest update June 17, 2019 Started on July 11, 2018
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The oceans need our help. Working with National Geographic Student Expeditions, we teach the importance of integrating technology, storytelling, and science to preserve our marine environments. Next trip: Bali's Biorock Reef Restoration.

July 11, 2018
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I always like to know more about the people behind the posts, so I thought I'd share a little bit more about myself.


Though I was raised in the high desert of Burns, Oregon, I've always been an ocean girl at heart. I studied marine biology at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and have been working as an Undersea Specialist with Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic since 2015. I work with this company from pole to pole to help people better understand the marine ecosystems of the area we are traveling. I often scuba dive to take underwater videos and then show that footage to guests aboard the ship in the evening while discussing the ecology and species of the area. I've found that photography and videography are excellent tools for education. Aboard the National Geographic ships, we have other fun tools to help us explore and engage, like hydrophones, plankton nets, and ROVs. Most people only get to see what lives on land, so using these exploration tools to help people better see and understand the marine environment is crucial to understanding the big-picture of the ecosystem. We're a blue planet, after all. People often ask me my favorite place I've ever been diving. It's a hard question because places are so unique and excellent in their own way. Though I'd probably have to answer with Antarctica. Diving in Antarctic waters makes me feel like an explorer, and I love being able to show people the vibrant life that lives at depth; people are always surprised!

I also work with National Geographic Student Expeditions during the summer months and absolutely love the energy of working with youth; the students are so passionate and eager to fight for a better Planet. Working with students always restores my faith in humanity. I seriously cannot wait to meet a new group of students in Bali in 10 da