Marine Educators Alumni

Wiring the Abyss 2015 Maintenance Expedition:

August 31 – September 19, 2015

Pouyan MahboubiPouyan Mahboubi coordinates the Applied Coastal Ecology program at Northwest Community College and has instructed biological and geographic (GIS) sciences at the College since 1997. His teaching is focused on the interface between land and ocean (the complex coastal ecosystem). Pouyan’s doctoral work is concerned with the integration of social-ecological data to improve environmental planning and management. Pouyan is working closely with ONC to develop a new course in Instrument Technology to be offered at NWCC in 2017.


Tim Dwyer teaches high school science and mathematics at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor, Washington. He developed a foundational interest in science education working with students aboard traditional sailing vessels in Maryland, New England and the Caribbean. He expanded on this interest as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Boston Public Schools and while training scientific SCUBA divers in Massachusetts, Washington, and Croatia. Tim joined the R/V Thomas G Thompson as a Marine Educator after working with the Ocean Exploration Trust as a Science Communication Fellow on the E/V Nautilus.


Steve Gormican is the Chair of Environmental Technology at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a biological oceanographer and has worked in the private sector and well as the public. His areas of expertise include environmental impact assessment as related to ocean sewage discharge, oil shipment, and nearshore development. As an academic, he teaches aquatics both in the classroom as well as field skills for water and sediment sampling in marine and freshwater environments. Steve graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1980 from UBC and obtained his M.Sc. in Oceanography, also from UBC, in 1989.


Wiring the Abyss 2013 Maintenance Expedition:

June 10–26, 2013

Colin Young: Colin is a an Elementary Teacher from Vancouver, Canada who specialized in issues surrounding English Language Learners. He is currently a Teacher On Call with the Vancouver School Board, but his main home is in the Education department at the Vancouver Aquarium. Colin runs a professional development workshop series for local educators, coaches educational docents, and gets to become embarrassingly excited about marine science with the thousands of local students who visit the Aquarium. Best fishes!



Marty Momsen: Marty got his start in teaching as a Lasallian Volunteer in Greenville, Mississippi. Since then he has taught all levels of Life and Earth Science to students in grades 7–12, in Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Marty encourages students to turn fascination into careers by exploring their interests, developing necessary skills and background knowledge, and encouraging students to seek opportunities for volunteer or work experience. He hopes his involvement in Ocean Exploration Trust will inspire his students. Marty graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on two occasions: first, in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Biology, and second, in 2000 with a M.A. in Instruction. 


Wiring the Abyss 2012 Maintenance Expedition: 

May 27 – June 27, 2012

Leg 2: Goksenin Sen: Goksenin is a physics engineer who sees herself as Alice in Wonderland everyday, amazed with how nature works. She completed her Master’s degree in science education and taught high school physics. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. Goksenin’s doctoral studies focus on the educational reform area. She volunteers as a coordinator of Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria, a program which aims to increase interest in science, through science outreach programs on Vancouver Island. She is a passionate traveler, scuba diver and sailor, who co-founded and raced in the first and only all-girl offshore sailing team in Turkey. Not surprisingly, she sees marine science as an important subject that needs to have a larger presence in the K-12 curricula.


 Leg 1: Scott Doehler: Scott Doehler is a teacher of geology, biology, and engineering at Brentwood College School, an independent school located in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. Scott holds both a B.Sc. in Biology and Engineering, and a B.Ed. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a 14-year veteran of science education at the middle and high school levels, he has a keen interest in helping students realize the real world relevance and significance of all the 'stuff' they learn in school. Whether taking students out into the field to apply what they have learned, or helping students connect with experts beyond the walls of the school, Scott's main pedagogical interest is in creating inquiry-based learning experiences that mimic, as much as possible, what real scientists and engineers do in real life. Though his three young children weren't quite sure why Daddy wanted to go away on a ship for 2 weeks, after promising to try Skype with them from the middle of the ocean, Scott jumped at the opportunity to join the first leg of NEPTUNE's June 2012 voyage, and couldn't wait to get his hands dirty and wet as being the first educator on board with the new Ship2Shore Marine Educators Program.