Meet Our Visiting Scientists and Island Guides

Penikese Island School is grateful to all of our visiting scientists and island guides for their enthusiasm to engage our campers in science, art and nature exploration this summer. As we continue to coordinate instructor scheduling, please feel free reach out to the Penikese Island Staff for additional information:

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Karen Echeverri, Ph.D.

Dr. Echeverri is on the cutting edge of bio-medical research studying cellular and molecular regeneration in her laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Karen will be showing Penikese campers the miraculous ability of invertebrates to regenerate tissue and function. How does YOUR body heal itself?

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Catherine McCusker, Ph.D.

Dr. McClusker is an expert in developmental biology and the molecular mechanisms of regeneration in her lab at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Kate will be teaching campers about scientific inquiry using microscopy, introducing different biological models. What can we discover about humans by examining marine organisms?

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Loretta Roberson, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberson is Associate Scientist at Marine Biological Laboratory with research interests in environmental protection, coral biology and ecology, and sustainable energy. Loretta will teach campers about the biology of corals and their important place in marine ecosystems. Want to drive an underwater ROV?


Dr. Jeffrey M Schell

Dr. Schell is a Professor of Oceanography, and a
Program Director for SEA Education. Using marine environmental history, science illustration and storytelling, Dr. Schell asks students to think about and discuss how modern fishing and ocean pollution adversely impact Pelagic Sargassum habitats, the animals and plants that rely on these habitats and each of us.

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Nathalie Ward, Ph.D.

With an MS in Cultural Anthropology and PhD in Conservation Biology, Dr. Ward is a marine biologist, conservation educator, and marine mammal policy consultant. How is humanity and the earth affected by the protection and conservation of marine endangered species and their habitats?