Tamsen was born and raised among the wild woods and shorelines of Juneau, Alaska. The ocean and mountains became an integral part of all aspects of her life, and she has never been far from either. Growing up in Alaska gave her a deep love of exploring the natural world and piqued her scientific curiosity at a young age.
Eager to follow her childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist Tamsen left Alaska to study at the University of California Santa Cruz. There she furthered her love of the ocean by interning at the Alaska SeaLife Center studying harbor seal populations, conducting field studies along the coast of California, and traveling to Corsica to study cuttlefish. After graduating with a degree in marine biology she spent a year volunteering with the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Lab in New Zealand assisting in various graduate and doctorate studies. Tamsen finally returned home to Alaska to begin a career as a biologist working as a lab technician for NOAA in the winters and various seasonal jobs in the summer including trail building, whale watching tours, and surveying salmon populations.
When not playing in the wilds of Southeast Alaska Tamsen lives in Kodiak where she develops commercial seaweed mariculture. She has designed, constructed, and operated North America’s largest seaweed hatchery and works with local farmers to grow multiple species of Alaskan kelp.