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We are commitmented to creating a learning atmosphere that is fun, safe, educational, and inclusive of all learning styles and ages.

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Seasonal Staff

Our seasonal naturalists are dynamic individuals dedicated to helping inspire youth about our ocean and have extensive training and teaching experience in the environmental education field. Naturalist have a passion for teaching children in the outdoors and a commitment to creating a learning atmosphere that is fun, safe, educational, and inclusive of all learning styles and ages.

If you are interested in joining the Camp SEA Lab team as a naturalist, please check our Job Openings for more information.

Full Time Staff

Patricia Rutowski, Managing Director

831.582.3925 or email

Pat has spent a lifetime sharing her love of the ocean: holding birthday parties at the tidepools, and leading tours of elephant seals at Ano Nuevo and painting a mural of intertidal life as a student at UC Santa Cruz. She has led school programs, teacher institutes and day camps at Coyote Point Environmental Education Museum, San Mateo County Office of Education, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. After 14 years as Education Director at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, she is thrilled to return to Camp SEA Lab, having run the first pilot week of camp back in 2000. Pat brings her knowledge of marine biology and science education gathered from two summers spent at marine labs, a bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in Science Education from UC Berkeley.

In the local scene, she has run a Girl Scout troop, served on the boards of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, the PG Library, and the Gathering for Women--Monterey, and appeared with Monterey ImProv. Pat spends her free time searching the hills for wildflowers and mushrooms, boogie-boarding, and dabbling in poetry.

Chris Gibson, Operations Coordinator

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Chris joined Camp SEA Lab in 2008 adding her twenty plus years of experience in education and the outdoors to facilitate the operations aspects of Camp SEA Lab. Her appreciation for the marine environment was developed from childhood and resulted in a Bachelor degree in Marine Biology. A teaching credential from Salisbury State University in Maryland and experience in directing a private outdoor education program, Genesis Account American Outdoor School, have provided the foundation for Chris to organize the details required to provide successful programs for students and campers.

When not in the office, Chris relaxes by hiking, reading, swimming, volunteering at her church, and planning for her next trip to enjoy tropical waters from above and below the surface.

Liz Hoadley, Program Coordinator

831.582.5091 or email

Liz joined Camp SEA Lab in 2016 after moving to Monterey from the East Coast. Prior to life on the West Coast, Liz taught marine biology in a high school classroom. Upon relocating, she aimed to take advantage of the beautiful Central Coast weather and take her teaching experience outside as a Camp SEA Lab Naturalist. After falling in love with the ocean at an early age due to spending every summer she can remember in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, she aimed to share her passion with others. Born and raised a Blue Hen, Liz aimed to grow her love of teaching by persuing a degree in Biologial Science Education at the University of Delaware. Recently, Liz made the move back into the office as the Program Coordinator. She is excited to utilize her experiences from her formal teaching background to deepen the curriculum Camp SEA Lab offers.

Outside of the office, Liz can either be found testing out a new Pinterest recipe OR exploring a new town. Liz loves to travel and is always looking for her next warm water vacation!

Ahalya Nalamothu, Field Coordinator

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Ahalya started her journey with Camp SEA Lab during her Service Learning Experience as an undergraduate at California State University Monterey Bay. After obtaining her Bachelor degree in Marine Science at CSUMB, she worked as a Field Naturalist for Camp SEA Lab in 2016. She now brings experience to her new position from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and most recently, developing a citizen-science program for NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Her combination of knowledge and passion for research, education and conservation are well applied as Field Coordinator.

Ahalya is excited every day to be field support for our Naturalists and best of all - to have the beach as her office! Beyond the beach you would find Ahalya cookin' up something delicious in the kitchen and enjoying time with close friends.

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