Rebecca VanArnam

Rebecca joined CAVU in May of 2022 as the East Coast Education Liaison. She is focused on expanding climate science communication and education to schools along the east coast through the Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC). Rebecca was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey with a devotion to protecting nature ever since she was a child.

Before attending college, Rebecca spent a year living in Chile where she served as an Ambassador of the United States and dedicated her time learning a new language, culture, and ecosystem. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science and Biology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. Rebecca worked in the Galápagos Islands further gaining experience within the Spanish language. She dedicated her semester to translation where she worked closely with the community helping advance research and communication for further conservation and preservation of the area.

Rebecca has been an educator for the last 6 years in informal education. She started working with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in curriculum development as a part of the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Here she developed a passion for working closely with nonprofits implementing classes and more opportunities to connect youth with their communities. She transitioned into a Full-Time position with The Center for Aquatic Sciences, where she continues to educate and work closely with youth. Rebecca is an advocate for storytelling and helping others find their voice through the involvement of citizen science to better expand community engagement. Rebecca will plan to begin working on her PhD in Environmental Education at the University of California Davis in the Fall next year.

Rebecca has a deep love for the outdoors and when not working you can find her scuba diving, hiking, or outside taking pictures. She also loves to read, cook, and spend lots of time with animals, family, and friends.

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