About the Writers

Emily Tripp

Marine Science Today features articles written by the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Emily Tripp. Emily is a science writer and communicator with more than five years of professional writing experience. She specializes in disseminating complex marine science research and policy to non-scientists by removing the jargon and translating essential information to the general public. She also has extensive experience in the fisheries world and has worked with many different stakeholders, ranging from fishermen to nonprofits. She studied marine science, biology, and environmental policy as an undergraduate student at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and has a Master of Advanced Studies Degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Bridget Altman

Bridget Altman is a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography studying Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She hopes to help the world understand the importance of ocean stewardship. She has a passion for all ocean creatures, specifically apex predators. She ultimately wants to become a PR agent for sharks.

Celia-Inés Ammann

Celia, a resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a frequent contributor to Marine Science Today. She is a certified diver and her favorite topic is marine biology, especially stories about whales.

Michael Bear

Michael is the former Science Diving Editor for California Diver Magazine, currently contributing writer to Marine Science Today, an active AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) Science Diver and founder of SevengillSharkSightings.org. He lives and works in San Diego.

Astrid Hsu

Astrid is a current Master’s student at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) focusing on marine biodiversity and conservation. Involved in both the Gulf of California Marine Program and the Giddings Lab at SIO, she’s focused on marine science communication and education. She also has a bichir named Stormfly (you’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon, right?) and likes to take it on long walks along the beach.

Asta Mail

Asta is a Canadian marine biologist with a Master’s of Professional Science from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her interest is in citizen science initiative development and marine educational outreach.

Chase Martin

Chase Martin is a marine conservation and communications specialist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he is deeply passionate about the ocean, with particular interests in seafood sustainability, cetaceans and cephalopods. When not working to conserve ocean creatures, he can be found painting them.

Kristen Spruill

Kristen Spruill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. While at UNCW, she worked on an independent research project looking at the effects of ocean acidification on coral and algal communities. She is currently working on implementing microfiltration applications to restore at risk or impaired waters.

Allie Tripp

Allie is the Volunteer Director of Strategy and Partnerships and a contributing writer for Marine Science Today.  She is also the Annual Fund and Events Manager at the Washington Trails Association in Seattle, WA.  Prior to joining WTA, Allie spent several years in development, marketing, and event planning positions with various nonprofits in Boston, MA.  She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.  She received her BA from Boston College and is passionate about the environment, social policy, and education.

Tom Tripp

Tom is the owner of OceanLines LLC, and the publisher of OceanLines.biz. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer, and long-time public communications specialist. His writing has appeared in a wide array of publications; from Microsoft’s Encarta encyclopedia to Yachtworld.com, with many print magazines, newspapers and other publications in between. He is the Founder and Editor Emeritus of MST.

Henry Workman

Henry is a resident of Mid-Coast Maine, where he lives close to the alewives and horseshoe crabs of the brackish Damariscotta River. Henry is a contributor to Marine Science Today who has always been a science enthusiast and sympathizer of environmental causes.