My name is Kimberley Bitterwolf and I am a PhD candidate in the Paytan Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Being born and raised on Kaua`i, Hawai`i, surrounded by ocean, waterfalls, and endemic species, I naturally became interested in our impacts on the natural environment. My interests in the natural world have always been wide ranging - from botany to oceanography; however, my passion has always been STEM education. Prior to attending graduate school, I taught K-12 students about Native Hawaiian botany and resource management through the education department at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens (Kaua`i, Hawai`i). My undergraduate training in environmental science was conducted at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I worked primarily with Dr. Henrieta Dulaiova and Dr. Craig Glenn on coastal groundwater discharge. Throughout my education, I have had the opportunity to participate in research around the world and am constantly striving to improve my science communication skills.
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