the Manatee Expert
childhood memory that was important in guiding you into your occupation?;
how did you become interested in this Field?
I grew up living in the country, and I have always loved being outside.
My mother knows a lot about weather and birds and plants, and I think
she was the inspiration for my interest in the environment.
2) Any person, role model or leading authority that greatly influencedyou?
(a parent, 6th grade teacher, scientist etc...)
I took a beginning biology course in college and had a great professor
who was very enthusiastic about the topic. I have always had a strong
interest in the environment.
3) Your background: (job title, profession, education/training etc...)
My college degree is actually in theater and communications (two more
of my strong interests!). I've been the communications director for Save
the Manatee Club for about five years. My job involves creating educational
materials about manatees and working with teachers and students all across
the U.S. I edit the Save the Manatee Club newsletter, and I also write
press releases and public service announcements and give interviews about
manatees and Save the Manatee Club for radio, TV and print media. In addition,
I create and maintain the SMC Web site .
looking forward to answering YOUR questions
work story or experience: (One of your most exciting, memorable, or exhilarating
experiences in the Field!) :-)
The best part of my job is that occasionally I get to go out and see
5) What advice can you provide to a student who might be interested inworking
in your occupation some day?
If students are interested in working with marine mammals, they might
want to visit the SMC
Web site and go to the "Manatee Links and More" page. We have
a link there to career information put together by the Society for Marine
Mammology. It's a really good, comprehensive source of career info put together
by professionals who are working in the field.
If you are interested in working with an environmental organization, I would
also suggest reading the book, "The Complete Guide to Environmental
Careers" produced by the CEIP Fund.
They can be reached at: The CEIP Fund68 Harrison Ave.Boston, MA 02111Phone:
Also, volunteering during the summer or when you have some spare timeis
a good way to get good experience. Many times, an organizationwill hire
from their volunteers when a job comes open.
6) Any family members, including pets?
I am the second oldest child of a family of seven. I'm married and have
one dog (Dixie) and three cats (Misha, Merlin, and Cruiser).
7) Favorite book(s), Favorite food(s), Any hobbies?
My favorite foods are pasta and chocolate (not together!) and I love
to get outside and go hiking whenever possible. My fantasy life involves
living in a log cabin on a lake in the middle of the woods with no phone
and a canoe standing by!!
I'm looking forward to YOUR questions about manatees.
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