Allison sitting at a table running an outreach activity called "Find the Nudibranch"

I am passionate about science education at all levels, and have experience with informal education at museums, after school programs and summer camps for K-12 kids, and teaching at colleges and universities.

In higher education I have served as a teaching assistant and teaching fellow at UCLA; an adjunct instructor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California; and most recently as a full time instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. I have also mentored student researchers at UCLA and California Academy of Sciences.

Outside of higher ed, I work with nonprofit organizations to improve education to the general public, especially children. I led a project group for the California Academy of Sciences’ Careers in Science intern program, in which the students studied coral reef science and updated the talking points for interns’ interactions with the public in the museum’s coral reef exhibits. I am also heavily involved with the education efforts of The Hydrous, a nonprofit organization on a mission to create open access oceans, and Saturday Academy, a nonprofit providing hands-on educational opportunities outside of school in the Portland area.