Mike Doherty brings passion to ocean education

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator

Seacoast Science Center’s newest full-time staff member brings a depth of personal experiences and study that increases the caliber of our ocean education programs, in conjunction with today’s STEM standards. From SCUBA diving in Hawaii to hiking in Ecuador, Mike Doherty’s passion for nature and undergraduate education make him an excellent addition to our staff of naturalists.

mikedohertyMike first came to the Center three years ago as an unpaid college intern, hoping to learn more about the ocean and marine animals as well as get an inside look at how our non-profit operations run. He was working toward his B.S. in Environmental Biology at Plymouth State University and his interest in marine science was sparked by a class in invertebrate zoology. Mike’s classroom experience, SCUBA certification and field research experiences made him an ideal candidate for working with school groups and visitors of all ages. When a part-time position became available, Mike started working at the front desk and conducting visitor programs at the touch tank and in our Gulf of Maine exhibit hall.

In October 2016, Mike brought on as a full-time staff member in the education department. He and other staff members have had extensive training in marine science and animal behavior, and attended education workshops to learn strategies for teaching in an informal science setting. Working with volunteer coordinator Laura Bahl, Mike will be helping teach touch tank classes for volunteers and meeting individually with each new volunteer on their first day of service.  He looks forward to being a mentor and helping people feel comfortable in working with the public and sharing all that Seacoast Science Center has to offer.

As the Center is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, Mike supplied 25 fun facts about himself to help people get to know him better:

  1. Mike’s favorite animal is the American lobster
  2. Mike makes a delicious smoked salmon
  3. Mike’s favorite movie is Big Trouble in Little China
  4. Mike’s first job was at McDonald’s
  5. Mike has traveled through Ecuador
  6. Mike likes SCUBA diving
  7. Mike’s first vehicle was a Chevrolet S10
  8. Mike has been to Ireland
  9. Mike can eat a total of 9 tacos on Taco Tuesday
  10. Mike has a pet turtle named Lovey
  11. Mike has eaten Guinea Pig
  12. Mike has never broken a bone
  13. Mike is 6’3”
  14. Mike is a Capricorn
  15. Mike had a Harry Potter themed birthday party when he was 11
  16. Mike’s favorite SCUBA diving trip was in Hawaii, with manta rays
  17. Mike is very, very good at foosball
  18. Mike’s favorite color is green
  19. Mike always wanted to be an Archeologist, just like Indiana Jones
  20. Mike has jumped from the Southernmost point of the USA, into the ocean
  21. Mike loves concert season at SSC
  22. Mike’s first visit to the SSC was on a school field trip
  23. Mike has camped at an elevation of almost 8,000 ft., on a volcano
  24. Mike enjoys going to trivia- and winning it in Portsmouth
  25. Mike is the same age as the Seacoast Science Center

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