Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction
20000 NW Walker Road
Oregon Health & Science University
Beaverton, Oregon 97006
Phone: (503) 748-1099
Fax: (503) 748-1273
Karen Wegner Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction
Coastal Master Naturalist Program Curriculum committee member
Primary COSEE Affiliation:
- Pacific Partnerships
Interaction with COSEE Network:
I attended the 2008 COSEE Network Meeting on Catalina.
Background with Respect to Ocean Sciences Education:
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Resource Science from the University of California, Davis, and an extensive background in project coordination for both scientific research and K-12 education. I am currently the Director of K-12 Education in the NSF Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this position, I am responsible for all K-12 initiatives at the center, including the Coastal Challenge program, teacher professional development, and a yearly ocean science summer camps, all of which use coastal margin science and technology to engage students and teachers across the Pacific Northwest. Previously, I was a Regional Education Coordinator for Oregon Trout where my primary responsibility was to manage the award-wining Salmon Watch program, each year organizing field trips for more than 40 teachers and 2000 6th to12th grade students from 11 school districts, and training and coordinating more than 300 volunteers a year on Salmon Watch Curriculum. I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a Wildlife Biologist, and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Biologist, on projects that focused examining the effects of non-native amphibian, fish, and plant species on native amphibian populations using both field surveys and laboratory methods. She also worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Natural Resource Specialist focused on fishery data management for the Natural Resource Management Information Program. In the past, I taught aquatic ecology and fluvial geomorphology to 6th graders at Outdoor Schools for eight school districts. I am also a trained 4-H Wildlife Steward, and am trained in using a variety of curricula including Learning Ocean Science Through Ocean Exploration (NOAA), Project Wild aquatic and terrestrial programs, Project Learning Tree, and Project WET.