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Laura Francis

laura francis

Education Coordinator

Laura Francis has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of ocean research and education and has worked as a marine biologist, classroom teacher, environmental consultant and education coordinator. Since starting at the sanctuary in 1994, Laura has developed innovative marine education and international management capacity training programs that increase ocean literacy in classrooms, community groups, resource users, managers, the media and the public. At the sanctuary, Laura works on a variety of projects including professional development for teachers and creating education and outreach materials (print publications, video, and web products) designed to increase awareness and stewardship of our precious ocean environment. Laura is currently working on developing programs and exhibits for the Center for Ocean Advancement of Science and Technology (COAST) at UCSB. She is also developing education and communication strategies on the topic of ocean acidification. Laura earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Zoology and her Masters at UC Santa Barbara in Deep Sea Biology. She finds her work most rewarding when she discovers new ways of connecting research to education and inspiring people to take responsibility for caring for our ocean.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6423

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