Cynthia Matzke is the Director of Education and Outreach for WMFO, with a background in journalism, marine biology, and video production. She graduated from SIO with a Masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and continues to work with Scripps Marine Physical Lab on special projects. Her passion for scuba diving along with filming remote ocean ecosystems has brought her eye to eye with rare species in some unusual places and, as a trained injured wildlife responder, she has assisted with many rescues. She is an Adjunct Professor at NewSchool of Architecture + Design, creating STEAM curricula for learners of all ages. Ms.Matzke is an Explorers Club Fellow who has sailed over 10,000 miles to study plastic pollution, dives in Arctic sea-ice for fun, and loves to bring marine ecology lessons from the field into the classroom.
Prior Courses/Workshops Taught: Deep Sea Exploration, Culinary Chemistry & Design, Coral Reef EcoArt, Glorious Chocolate, Arctic Mammals, How to Make A Disaster Film Using Real Science, Exploring Kelp Forest Ecosystems, Sights and Sounds of Northern Seas, and Passport to the Pacific, Research and Communications, and The Pacific Ocean.
Secret Talent: Cynthia is an active mentor to several early-career professionals, and enjoys empowering diverse students from underserved communities by sharing her contagious enthusiasm for ocean exploration and conservation. While on land, she loves gardening and creating arts and craft projects with friends.