I'm a complex systems marine scientist, mother of submarines, experiential artist, and evangelist of embodying wonder.
I'm currently the Director and Founder of the Upwelling Institute, a company using artificial upwellings for coral reef and other vulnerable marine ecosystem restoration, fisheries and aquaculture enhancement, and climate change mitigation. I am also the Director and Co-Founder of Prism, an underwater sanctuary where humans can comfortably live embedded in a coral reef.
I was formerly the founder and director of the Community Submersibles Project, an org that is dedicated to bringing submersibles and the importance of awe back into popular imagination. I have spent a year of my life underwater in aggregate, and am currently in the early stages of building an underwater habitat for long-term underwater stays!
When not underwater, I like to make large experiential art installations using fire, living butterflies, and boats. I like to co-create not consume experiences, and try to be a builder and propagator of objects and sentiments whose only purpose is beauty, whimsy or silliness. I love wonderwandering with whole//endless//embodied curiosity and sharing the discoverable fruits in every speck of existence with others.
There are new frontiers everywhere. Our job is to find them as they are and create them where they never were. We will illuminate the invisible and imperceptible forms of beauty, treasure-hunt for strange worlds in potential space, lovingly tend idea gardens with making and creating, and chase all of the uncharted possibilitie of being human.
I'm a benevolent, irreverent, dreamer and potty mouth, with complex thoughts and a simple, gargantuan heart.
'The fact remains that political frontiers are impervious to our verbal cultures, while the substantially nonverbal civilization of playfulness crosses them with the happy freedom of the wind and the clouds.' ~ Primo Levi