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Dr. Mahmood Shivji, Co-PI, on the assessment of genetic biodiversity of mesopelagic fish in the Gulf of Mexico:


Previous Teachers at Sea


Megan Ehlers - DEEPEND Cruise DP01

Megan Ehlers is a Marine Science teacher at Sarasota High School.  She received her Bachelors degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Florida in Science Education.  In addition to her teaching duties, she is director of the Carefree Learner Program, the school’s “floating” classroom.  The boat provides district students, community groups, and various agencies with opportunities to learn about Sarasota Bay’s ecosystems.

Carol Gordy - DEEPEND Cruise LF2015A

Carol Gordy teaches marine science at Sunlake High School in Pasco County, Fl.  She has been teaching for 25 years and is always on the lookout for new opportunities to share with her students back in the classroom.

Alisha Stahl - DEEPEND Cruise DP02

Alisha Stahl is the Science Department Chair at Manatee School For the Arts in Palmetto, Fl where she teaches Marine Science Honors, Zoology, AP Biology, and Biology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Southampton College of Long Island University where she focused primarily of the behavioral biology and ecology of marine mammals. During and after college she spent much of her time researching orcas in Washington, studying haul-out sites of harbor seals on Long Island, observing symbiotic relationships among reef fish in Vanuatu, and researching the behavioral biology of spotted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2006 she decided to start teaching because she wanted to educate and share her passion and love for the ocean and all of its extraordinary creatures with students. Her goal as an educator is to make her students stewards of the ocean and to create an environment where learning if fun, engaging, and challenging. When she isn’t teaching she is enjoying being a wife and raising two mini scientists!

Christia Hewlett- DEEPEND Cruise DP03

Christia Hewlett is a teacher at Sheridan Hills Christian School where she teaches Marine Biology and Middle School Integrated Science. She received her a Bachelor’s in Science in Biology and a certificate in Environmental Studies from Indiana University. She is currently finishing her twelfth year of teaching and is completing her M.A in Integrated Technology from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys learning about Florida ecosystems by participating in Florida Master Naturalist Program courses. She leads a school 4H club and enjoys helping students learn about science through hands-on learning. If she is not working she can be found enjoying Florida's National Parks, reading or spending time with her husband and daughter at the soccer field.


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