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Catherine Sutera is the Assistant Ocean Science Educator at the National Museum of Natural History. Catherine has a Master’s in Natural Science from Louisiana State University where she did her thesis on the impact of informal science education. She also did her undergraduate work at LSU, majoring in biology, with a marine biology concentration.
Before coming to the Smithsonian, Catherine was a graduate assistant with the Louisiana Sea Grant office where she developed informal educational materials and helped organize a day-long ocean education event for K-8 students. She has also worked with the Audubon Zoo, the LSU Museum of Natural History, and the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Catherine has also participated in field research, spending a summer with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Plum Island Watershed in Massachusetts.
Sometimes, a tragic event can become a powerful teaching opportunity. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the potential to capture students’ attention and stimulate discussion on topics like:...