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Meet the Expedition Team
Carrie Newell, Marine Biologist
As someone who knows every one of Oregon's 33 named gray whales, Carrie Newell had much expertise to bring to the Cousteau expedition team. Carrie earned her master's degree in biological science/aquatic zoology from Northern Arizona University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Oregon State University. She has been sharing her knowledge of marine mammals for more than two decades as a college professor in both Arizona and Oregon. Other teaching experience includes her positions as a state park naturalist, an Elderhostel instructor and an environmental education teacher at elementary and junior high schools in Verde Valley, Arizona.
In addition to a plethora of research experience, including her work with the Center for Whale Research, where she learned about and helped to document orcas, Carrie began her own whale-watching business. She derives much pleasure from taking people out on the waters off the central Oregon coast and teaching them about the ocean's many inhabitants, particularly about the resident gray whales and their food sources. In 2005, Carrie published A Guide to Resident Gray Whales Along the Oregon Coast, a book that identifies and details the behavior, personalities and food sources of Oregon's gray whales.
Interview with Carrie Newell
Tell us about your journey to becoming a marine biologist.
Marine biology has always been my passion, and to become knowledgeable in the field, I took every course that was offered. I excelled in areas concerning the marine environment. I passed on my love for and expertise in the field to my daughters, and both can easily converse in any marine biology jargon. My daughter Ariel became a certified scuba diver at the age of 10, and Amber, my older daughter, was certified at the age of 15. I am now both teaching and doing research. It is so rewarding to see many of my students working in the marine biology field. It took many years to achieve my goal of becoming a marine biologist, but now I have achieved that goal -- and my advice to anyone, especially young women, is to determine what your passion is and go for it!
The most rewarding part of this job is sharing anything I learn with people who want to know it. I love to teach and share new information! I began a whale-watching business, and it is so exciting to have people tell me that this is a life-changing experience for them after they have gone on the boat and seen the whales. I also have had many children tell me that they now want to become a marine biologist. I try to show every person how everything is interconnected. On the ocean, I like not only to teach the people the individual names of the
In addition, to share my gray whale and
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