Diversity in Science

Herring Gut Learning Center continues to find ways to engage our students in remote learning.

As we create lessons and find valuable virtual learning resources, we will be sharing these resources with our community through weekly posts. These resources will be focused on environmental science and marine science related topics; we are striving to find a mix of content that engages students through screens and also encourages spending time outside in nature.


Amber and Patrick are biomedical engineers turned entrepreneurs, and the founders of Marin Skincare. Marin creates gentle and effective skincare products for people with eczema, psoriasis and extra dry skin, using a glycoprotein found in lobster as the key ingredient. They worked with lobster scientists to research this glycoprotein, and with a little science and serendipity, found it to be a gentle, natural way to calm their own eczema. Now, Marin is a rapidly growing skincare brand here in Maine, excited to bring glycoproteins to people across the world!

Amber Boutiette & Patrick Breeding


Mr. Desrocher’s is a taste and odor expert, who has over 38 years of experience teaching people around the world how to use their senses, including taste and smell, to solve tough problems. His areas of focus include environmental odor, indoor air quality, food and beverages, personal care products, and packaging. Mr. Desrocher earned his college degrees in chemistry and geology at Tufts University. He currently leads sensory research and training projects for the University Of Vermont (UVM) Extension.

Roy Desrocher, Sensory Practice Leader

University of Vermont Extension


Lanie Esch – Growing up in Michigan, I had to wander far from home to study the ocean. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in marine science from Coastal Carolina University and am now a PhD Candidate at Florida International University studying non-native marine fishes in the western Atlantic.
Peter Flood – I grew up in Maryland among the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay and have always loved the water. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa before attending Florida International University for my doctoral studies where I research the impacts on non-native fishes on the Everglades food web.

Lanie Esch & Peter Flood

PhD Candidates at FIU


Over the past seven years, Owen has lived and worked in Eleuthera, and has exposed over 2,000 students, educators and academics to marine research, outreach and education across several islands in the central Bahamas. He identified a deficit in local outreach and education efforts as they pertained to the natural world, and so took the rather bold step to leave an established research career, and by using his life’s savings and cashing in his pension, he established The Centre for Ocean Research and Education.

As of Summer 2020, CORE has provided environmental education and conservation research initiatives to over 400 Bahamian students from 8 to 18 years of age and regularly hosts science workshops and community outreach events at zero cost to the community.

Dr. Owen O’Shea
CEO and Principal Research Scientist


Dr. Nathan J. Robinson is an accomplished marine biologist with considerable experience in conducting ‘viral’ outreach campaigns for ocean conservation. In 2015, he was filmed removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nose and this video has now been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. Moreover, the success of this video is often acknowledged as a crystallization moment for many anti-plastic campaigns and has instigated global behavioral change. In 2019, he also recorded the first footage of the giant squid – otherwise known as the fabled ‘kraken’ – in US waters. This story made headlines in over 400 international news sources including the front-page of The New York Times.

In Nathan’s research, he uses novel technologies to gain new insights into several charismatic marine species. The footage he creates is then used to both advance scientific knowledge as well engage new audiences in marine issues. Nathan is currently focusing on two main projects. Firstly, he has developed a method to temporarily deploy diving cameras onto the shells of sea turtles. Secondly, he is developing a series of deep-sea cameras specifically designed to study animals that live at depths far below the reach of the sun.

Dr. Nathan J. Robinson
Marine Biologist and Science Communicator

Nancy Grace Horton creates Cyanotypes!

Nancy Grace Horton is a photo-based artist who embraces both analog and digital techniques to create bold narrative fragments informed by her background in photojournalism. Her series Ms. Behavior, Mad Women, Mr.Mrs., and Being 13 utilize gender roles as inspiration to provoke thought and stimulate discussion. Humorous, ironic, biting—her images distill the angst of both feminism and the Playboy era.

Nancy Grace Horton

Careers in Aquaculture

In this episode, we revisit the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center. The center provides hand-on experience for students in aquaculture and aquaponics. The center is more than just a place of learning; it grows ornamental fish, food fish, shellfish, and limu for the community and other aquaculture facilities.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center

Clare Olin discusses Cryptography!

My name is Clare Olin. I grew up in Canton, NY and attended Syracuse University once I graduated High School. While there, I studied Computer Engineering and now work at The MITRE Corporation as a Cyber Security Engineer. I currently work in Rome, NY and live nearby with my fiancé and cat, Mo. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising and watching scary movies.

Clare Olin

Organization: The MITRE Corporation

Website: www.mitre.org Location: 26 Electronic Pkwy Rome, NY but we have locations across the country and internationally.

Kate Hruby: Lab Tour and Buoyancy Lesson

I knew as a kid that I wanted to learn as much as I could about the world, so once I grew up I went about this in two ways: school and exploring! I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in earth science (but really I studied glaciers and physics for a couple years). During my school years, I also got my Merchant Mariner Credential (which is kind of like a fancy drivers license for boats). Now, I sail around Washington State and British Columbia, searching for whales, monitoring water quality, checking out tiny ocean creatures called plankton, and using the sailboat as a classroom to spew glacier, geology, and oceanography funfacts.

Kate Hruby

When I’m not floating around on the ocean, I draw nerdy science cartoons! You can check out my work at goforthandscience.com.


Jin-Si Over

Jin-Si Over

B.S Geology, minor Oceanography – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
M.Sc. Earth and Ocean Sciences – University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Geoscientist in the Parks Geomorphologist/GIS Technician – Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, Rutgers Cooperative Research Field Station
Geographer – U.S Geological Society at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


Lisa Manley

Lisa Manley

Physical Therapist, department manager of Pen Bay Speech and Hearing / Pediatric PT and OT.

Lily Adams

Lily Adams

Graduate researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Katherine Owen – Fish & Wildlife Service Park Ranger, Maine Coastal Islands

Katherine Owen

Fish & Wildlife Service Park Ranger, Maine Coastal Islands NWR | Rockland, ME