Hannah Nolan is the Expedition and Community Outreach Specialist and has over ten years of experience in science communication and developing and coordinating informal education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and Master of Science from Oregon State University in Marine Resource Management. During her time at Oregon State, she was a graduate research assistant for the NSF-funded Regional Class Research Vessel program’s education and outreach team. Her research investigated utilizing real-time research vessel data as an educational tool for building data literacy in K-12 students. She also examined how Culturally Responsive pedagogy could be applied to research vessel education programming.
Hannah’s other experiences include working as the Program Coordinator for Betties360, a girl empowerment after school program serving Title I schools in Portland, Oregon. She also developed and led programming for the Audubon Society of Portland, and taught coding and engineering skills to high school students at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Alongside her work in education and outreach, Hannah has conducted research as a field and lab assistant for a number of scientists. Her research work includes scientific SCUBA diving in the kelp forests of Monterey Bay, investigating the behaviors of social-parasitic ants in the Sierra Nevada, and studying intertidal fish diversity in South Africa.