My Research on Ocean Literacy



International Ocean Literacy Survey


In 2015-2016, during my stay as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, I initiated and still currently manage the development of the International Ocean Literacy Survey (IOLS). The IOLS is an unfunded, grassroots, collaborative effort to measure progress in building global Ocean Literacy (OL). Once completed, the survey will measure the impact of an education projects, establish baseline OL levels in a communities, detect change over time in OL levels in communities, and reveal differences in OL levels across communities and countries.

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Lead Editor 

I served as the lead editor of the book "Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Education - A Resource for Practitioners and Researchers". The book includes 24 chapters from three continents sharing their exemplary best practices in marine science education. No other book currently exists focused solely on marine science education. Our purpose is to inform, inspire, and provide an intellectual forum for practitioners and researchers in this particular context.




University of Gothenburg

We live in a time of significant environmental challenges, culminating in the current age of climate change. The health of the ocean is in great danger, and, therefore, promoting ocean literacy is vital if we are to successfully address these global environmental issues.

The aim of this thesis is to add to our knowledge about how digital technologies support the development of ocean literacy with an emphasis on communicating about the ocean. By investigating different technologies, my work offers an overview of the potentials and challenges that digital technologies offer for developing ocean literacy.

The findings illustrate how technologies open up new ways of learning about marine environmental issues both inside and outside of school. My thesis also provides an account of why ocean literacy is critically important for 21st-century citizens living in a rapidly changing world with significant challenges to the environment and our own human communities.


Visiting Scholar (2015-2016)

Graduate School of education, Marcia Linn's research group, UC Berkeley

The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a research-based digital learning platform that fosters exploration and science inquiry. 

I authored a WISE unit about the loss of marine biodiversity.

I lead research on how to promote collaboration between students through instruction.


Summer Intern (2012)


I investigated, implemented and tested different social media (Facebook and Twitter) strategies to improve MBARI’s visibility and efficacy. This internship resulted in a publication in the peer-reviewed journal Computer & Education.