Welcoming Dr. Wendy Marshall as Vice President of Education


Twenty years after her first school field trip to the Dana Point Harbor as a 4th grade bilingual teacher in Paramount USD, Dr. Wendy Marshall returns to Dana Point and the Ocean Institute as Vice President of Education. Marshall has worked in diverse educational settings, including educational publishing, the College Board, the University of Southern California, and more recently as Director of Education at Ocean Quest (formerly ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum).  She aims to support the mission of the Ocean Institute by implementing new public programs, developing school partnerships, measuring impact through rigorous internal evaluation systems, supporting research objectives through strategic partnerships, and increasing the Ocean Institute’s contributions to research through citizen science.

In addition to promoting citizen science and participation in environmental stewardship through education programs, Dr. Marshall is an active volunteer and partner to several organizations including the Ocean Defenders Alliance, Coastkeepers, Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program, Newport Bay Conservancy, USC’s Urban Tides project, and Surfrider’s Blue Water Task.  She also serves as a naturalist for the American Cetacean Society.

Marshall is a resident of Huntington Beach and earned her undergrad at UCLA. She later earned her doctorate at the University of Southern California where she was awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award for her research.  When not on water, volunteering, or engaged in research, Wendy can be found trail-running or cheering on her children, Anders (14) and Amelia (11), at the soccer field.