Education & Outreach Team

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Barbara C. Bruno

Education Director

  • Barbara is on the oceanography faculty of the University of Hawai‘i’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Since 2006, she has served as C-MORE’s Director of Education. In this role, she has led the development and implementation of a number of initiatives including community outreach, K-12 curriculum enhancements, K-12 teacher professional development, an undergraduate research program and the C-MORE Professional Development Training Program for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. In her free time, Barbara enjoys camping and hiking and is on the trail maintenance crew for the Hawai‘i Trail and Mountain Club.
  • (808) 956-0901
  • Oceanography Department Faculty Page
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Jim Foley

Marine Science Educator

  • Jim comes to C-MORE with extensive offshore research experience in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Central Pacific as a Senior Scientist with Sea Education Association (SEA) of Woods Hole, MA. In that role, he helped undergraduates and high schools students get hands-on experience in biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanographic sampling. Jim cultivated a passion for education that was reinforced as a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow developing inquiry based lessons for middle schools teachers and students during his first year of graduate school. Jim’s passion for hands-on educational experiences has taken him to Africa, Europe, Central America, and several island nations. Jim hopes to draw on these experiences by developing and implementing education and outreach initiatives based on C-MORE research.
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Michele Guannel

Marine Science Educator

  • Michele joins C-MORE with a research background in microbial oceanography and strong involvement in teaching and community service. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on macroalgae at Smith College and enjoyed her first seagoing experience with Sea Education Association (SEA). She received her M.S. and PhD degrees in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington (UW), where she studied the biogeography of the toxigenic diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia, and its interactions with bacteria. In addition to her academic studies in marine science, she has held a variety of positions in teaching and science, including running afterschool programs for teens as an AmeriCorps member, working as an analytical chemist, and teaching labs in Oceanography and Marine Biology at UW. She is now excited to draw from all of these experiences in order to support the professional development of C-MORE members and to pursue C-MORE’s mission of creating a more inclusive scientific community. Outside of studying and teaching about the sea, she enjoys playing in the sea with her family.
  • (808) 956-3715
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Elisha Wood-Charlson

Communications Project Manager

  • Elisha joined the Education team with a PhD in Marine Science and a mission to help scientists learn to better communicate their research to a global audience. Her goal is to design and integrate modular science communication training that can be easily incorporated into a scientist’s busy life. In addition to her science communication goals, she is also an active participant in C-MORE’s Education and Outreach programs. Finally, she has also taken on the role of Communications Project Manager on a NSF-funded Research Coordination Network at EarthCube focused on Oceanography and Geobiology Environmental ’Omics (ECOGEO). Through this effort, she has the interesting task of bringing together different research communities, facilitating communication among them, and aligning them towards a common goal. More information about ECOGEO can be found here.
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Pavica Srsen

Graduate Student

  • Pavica is a PhD student in Oceanography. She is passionate about marine science education and conservation. She has gained experience in conservation, biology, marine ecology and outreach while working as an ecologist in a coastal National park in Croatia. Her MS research studied how climate change and sea-ice loss affect soft sediment communities on the deep Antarctic shelf. Her PhD research continues to focus on faunal response to global environmental change by looking how food webs and species composition change as a result of ice shelf disintegration in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. This research aims to better understand — and make a step toward predicting — how deep Antarctic benthos is shaped by global environmental change.
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Krissy Remple

Graduate Student

  • Krissy is a PhD student in Oceanography. Before coming to C-MORE she studied aquatic microbiology and nutrient cycling in the Columbia River Estuary at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Krissy’s experience in scientific education and outreach ranges from working with native communities to working with children’s science museums and engaging with adults through public scientific events.
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Surely Wallace

Undergraduate Assistant

  • Surely Wallace is a senior who is double majoring in Microbiology and English. Her interests include reading, writing and spending time with family. She is particularly interested in the role gut microbes play in maintaining digestive health.

Education & Outreach team members are all based at UH Mānoa unless otherwise noted.
Mailing address: C-MORE, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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