Current Members

Robin Dunkin, Ph. D.

Robin DunkinRobin is a teacher-scientist.  She studies the physiological ecology of large marine and terrestrial vertebrates and now applies the scientific method to improving undergraduate science education.  Robin completed her master’s degree at the University of North Carolina with Dr. Ann Pabst and Bill McLellan.  She then studied African and Asian elephant physiology for her dissertation with Dr. Terrie Williams at U.C. Santa Cruz.  After finishing a postdoc with NOAA and working closely with the STEM teaching community, Robin was hired as an Assistant Teaching Professor at UCSC.  Robin is keenly interested in incorporating STEM practices into both large lecture and active learning versions of her courses to help all students improve core science process skills, bolster STEM identity, and reach their full potential.

  Karolina Wirga

Karolina Wirga2Karolina Wirga is a recent UCSC graduate in MCD bio and is now the marine mammal stranding technician for the LML Stranding Program.  Karolina oversees our Survey Slug Program, an early career field experience for undergraduates.  Karolina completed her senior thesis by investigating baseline levels of domoic acid in stranded marine mammals.





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Past Undergraduate Senior Thesis Students

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Kathryn Pelon

Katie Pelon photosmKatie graduated from UCSC with a major in Ecology & Evolution in 2014, earning Honors in the Major for her senior thesis "The Effects of El Niño Conditions on Marine Mammal Strandings in Central California". She then went on to attend the University of North Florida before transferring to Antioch University New England and completing her M.S. in Environmental Education in 2017. During graduate school, Katie created her own small business called Environerd, aimed at communicating environmental conservation science and empowering people to heal the planet through gaming. She publishes her educational games and online courses on her website.



Kristen Hart

Elena Cholula

elena cholula smElena Cholula volunteered in the LML Stranding network, and Monterey Bay Aquarium while completing her undergraduate work. Since then, Elena has been working at a small animal hospital in the east bay. Starting, September of 2018 she will be attending University of Glasgow for veterinary school and pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.




Maia Gougen

Brian Tom

Sean Perry

Krysta Walker

Hannah Ban Weise

Audrey Fry

Betsy Davidson

Betsy09b pp flip smBetsy Davidson is an entrepreneur, speaker, scientist, educator, environmentalist and humanitarian.  She worked for over a decade at contribution-driven organizations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific Whale Foundation, and Walt Disney World.  Now she is a certified high-performance coach helping people to learn to live their best life and help change the world.