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Sarah Matarese

Science Communication Fellow
Science Faculty
St. George's School

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I teach environmental science, marine biology, and biology. My doctorate degree is in Biology, and my research studies how nudibranchs use their acquired nematocysts in defense.  

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I was a biology major in college and wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I decided to stay for a masters degree. During graduate school, I realized how much I loved teaching, so I decided to pursue that career. I taught at the University level for 10 years before deciding to move into independent schools.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My AP biology teacher in high school. It was the first class in high school that I really enjoyed.  

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

Working with Junior and Senior high school students on marine biology field research projects.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Teaching at a University was a learning experience. The best part of my job there was teaching, however, I found myself doing more other stuff than actual teaching like committee work etc. Therefore I decided to move on to a high school where I would still have academic freedom and focus on teaching.

What are your degrees and certifications?

BA Biology-URI 1995, MS Biology-URI 2000, Ph.D. Biology-URI 2009

What are your hobbies?

I love to travel with my family, spend time at the beach and cooking.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

I would tell anyone to go for it! If they love to teach and to inspire others than this is the career for them.

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

I heard about the Nautilus Exploration from an alumni from our school.