Katie Aspen Gavenus
Katie Aspen Gavenus is from Homer, Alaska and a graduate of Bowdoin College. Her love for coastal ecology began with a fourth grade field trip with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS). After high school she returned to work as an intern for CACS and was immediately hooked by the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for this special coastal place with others. Although she has dabbled as a deckhand on a salmon tender boat and a wilderness trip leader, ecology education is her true passion. During seasons away from Alaska, she has worked at San Mateo Outdoor Education in California and The Ecology School in Maine. Following the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, she created the Children of the Spills project to collect oral histories from children affected by oil spills and lead oil pollution prevention and preparedness education programs in Alaska and along the Gulf of Mexico. She is pursuing a Master’s of Science Education at the University of Washington because she wants to integrate ecology, art, and culture into her practice in a way that is mindful, joyful, and cultivates a connection to home and place.