Christine Gleason

Christine Gleason, MS StudentConservation Biology
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Former Education Coordinator
The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Fall 2007 Symposium Coordinator
Coastal Connections: Linking Education and Research in Tropical Coastal Systems


As a future conservation biologist, I will focus my efforts on New England and tropical coastal systems. I am particularly interested in the interaction of social and environmental issues that conservationists face each day. My master’s thesis work will take me to the Dominican Republic where I will be researching the attitudes and awareness of whale watching tourists.


MS, Antioch University New England
Environmental Sciences
Conservation Biology

Bachelors Degree, Syracuse University
Biology with a focus on Environmental Science

Study Abroad, James Cook University, Queensland Australia
Rainforest Ecology/Marine Biology


Adjunct Professor, Keene State College Biology Department

  • Adjunct faculty for integrative quantitative learning class
  • Field based class with the goal of teaching basic statistics and environmental awareness

Teaching Assistant, Keene State College Biology Department

  • Fall: Counting on Conservation, a non-majors quantitative learning class; duties included: grading, lectures, homework assignments and curriculum development
  • Spring: Tropical Marine Ecology, a majors/non-majors class, duties included grading and lectures for non-majors, full responsibility for all aspects of biology major’s portion of the class

Assistant Scientist, Sea Education Association

  • Management of science watch while underway on sailing vessel Corwith Cramer
  • Oversaw education and research projects of college students on my watch
  • Duties include deployment of oceanographic gear such as gravity cores, hydrocasts, neuston and meter nets

Education Director, Sultana Projects

  • Coordination of daily education aboard the schooner Sultana on the Chesapeake Bay
  • Curriculum development for all ages and abilities in marine science and history

Educator, Ocean Classroom Foundation

  • Lead educator aboard sailing vessel Harvey Gamage in coastal Maine
  • Instructed students in tidal, wetland, cetacean, fisheries, and ecology classes

Education Coordinator, South Street Seaport Museum

  • Created education program aboard sailing vessel Lettie G. Howard in New England waters
  • Instructed students in plankton, water quality, oyster, and watershed classes

Program Director, Living Classrooms Foundation

  • Planned daily education program aboard sailing vessel Lady Maryland
  • Created cetacean and estuary program for the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Maine

Internships and Volunteer Work

Monadnock State Park

  • Development and creation of outreach pamphlet
  • Grant writing

Environmental Excellence Award Committee

  • Committee member on selection board for excellence awards

Two Countries One Forest

  • Contacted institutional stakeholders in the Acadian/Appalachian ecoregion in regards to a conservation survey
  • Survey analysis

Bay Shore Discovery Project

  • Environmental Educator aboard A.J. Meerwald
  • Wetland Recovery Project, Delaware Bay

The Whale Center of New England

  • Photo identification and behavioral data collection of humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine
  • Field identification of humpback, right, finback, and minke whales
  • Pinniped rescue, relocation, jaw, and stomach stapling
  • Preparation of humpback whale skeleton (post necroposy)

Pacific Whale Foundation

  • Humpback Whale Distance Estimation Project and Odontocete Behavioral Study
  • Identification and cataloging of spotted, spinner, and bottle-nose dolphins in Maui

Rosemond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park

  • Assisted zoo keepers in daily care of six Asian elephants

Skills and Training

  • Advance Scuba Certification
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Basic Life Support CPR
  • ArcGIS


  • Ocean Conservancy Activist
  • American Legion Auxiliary Member
  • Whale Center of New England Member
  • Society of Conservation Biology