Liz Foote was born in Connecticut, and from a young age constantly sought opportunities to learn and teach about marine science. Before settling on Maui in 1998, Liz worked as a whale watch naturalist in Massachusetts, volunteered at aquariums in Connecticut and California, taught coral reef ecology aboard a schooner in the Virgin Islands, studied orcas in British Columbia, and assisted reef researchers in the Florida Keys. Liz earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego, and worked in research laboratories at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After shifting her focus from marine research to marine education, she obtained a master’s of science degree in science education/marine science from Oregon State University. Liz serves as the Hawaii Field Manager for the Coral Reef Alliance, and also oversees the local nonprofit organization she founded in 1999, Project S.E.A.-Link. Her professional interests and activities focus on collaboratively developing and coordinating marine science and education programs, facilitating community-based conservation efforts, coordinating citizen-science monitoring, and promoting science literacy.