Raised sea kayaking, surfing, and hiking on the Central Coast of California, Chelsea established an early connection to her surroundings. After a field ecology class on the Channel Islands exposed her to the world of conservation, she never looked back. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University where she dove (literally) into coral reef research, which continued to fuel her fascination with the interconnectedness among and within ecosystems. Taking her knowledge from the research field, Chelsea has spent the past five years working as an onboard Naturalist in Alaska, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Patagonia and the Pacific Coast of North America engaging cruise ship passengers in marine science and natural history.
While traveling as a Naturalist, Chelsea realized both a passion for teaching and the value of experiential learning, which inspired her to complete a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University along the way. Now as an environmental educator, she is always eager to create interactive programs specific to youth onboard as well! Chelsea is currently pursuing a doctorate in Environmental Science at Oregon State University, with a research focus on informal science communication.
Interacting with guests from all over the world in shared travel experiences has been one of the most rewarding roles in Chelsea’s career. Every day there is something new to discover; she looks forward to exploring with you and seeing what the ocean and ports of call have in store!
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