Archives: Team


Serena Randall Gill is a passionate interpretive environmental educator with a love for conservation and connecting with nature. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Arizona State University and then pursued her Master’s degree in Zoology from Miami University’s Global Field Program with a focus on […]

Sarena Randall Gill


Philip Taylor holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. He is a fellow at the University of Colorado – Boulder and Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His research ranges widely from understanding tropical rainforest function and ecosystem biogeochemistry to solving sustainability challenges of industrial […]

Philip Taylor


Nick Vidargas graduated from Stanford University, where he received a B.S. and an M.S. in Earth Systems, focused on invasive species and community ecology.  He received his law degree from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, with certificates in Environmental Law and Public Service Law.  While […]

Nick Vidargas



Dennis Peterson is the Director of Science at Carlsbad Aquafarm Inc (CAI). He worked in the sport-fishing industry out of San Diego for five years, then served for four years in the United States Coast Guard, making trips to Antarctica aboard the USCGC Glacier and USCGC Polar Sea. Peterson attended […]

Dennis Peterson


Percy is a Ph.D. candidate in atmospheric science at the University of California, Berkeley.  Before beginning her Ph.D., she completed an M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering at MIT and worked at an environmental consulting firm, conducting data analysis and numerical simulations of the transport of pollutants in waterways.  She received her […]

Percy Link


Doc holds master’s degrees in statistics (2011) and clinical psychology (2012) from UC Berkeley. He is currently a doctoral student in the Rosenberg lab, in Stanford University’s Department of Biology, where he studies statistical genetics and population genetics. Doc was also an undergraduate at Stanford, where he majored in Human Biology, […]

Doc Edge



After completing her undergraduate education in Economics at Stanford University, Kara earned her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research specialized in the competing incentives faced by individuals within hierarchical organizations and how the organizations can best manage the complex interactions that arise. Since graduating, […]

Kara Contreary


Since 2015 Dillon has volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations and freelanced on various projects with the goal of protecting the environment, promoting animal welfare, and education. averbet.com |  dillonchi.com | LinkedIN

Dillon Chi


Meghann McDonald Photo
Meghann McDonald has been an ocean-based creature from the very start. She grew up on the Sea of Cortez, snorkeling, dissecting marine creatures, and listening to her father lecture his college students on the magic of upwelling since she could crawl. Meghann went on to earn a B.S. in Marine […]

Meghann McDonald



As the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Vermilion Sea Institute, Liana helps to create and lead international field trips to Baja, Mexico designed to foster firsthand natural history knowledge and immerse participants in meaningful community-based conservation.Earning her Master’s in Zoology at the Miami University of Ohio, her thesis centered […]

Liana Vitali