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Life in the Intertidal  

From barnacles to sea stars to gumboot chitons, invertebrates living in the intertidal zone of the Pacific Northwest coastline are some of the most wonderfully weird, well-adapted animals in the ocean! Find out how these hardy creatures thrive in the turbulent, competitive and extremely variable habitat between the tides. Raised sea kayaking, surfing and hiking, Chelsea Behymer established an early connection to her surroundings. She received her BS in marine biology from Hawaii Pacific U where she was fascinated by the interconnectedness among and within ecosystems. After five years as an onboard naturalist in Alaska, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Patagonia and the Pacific Coast, she realized a passion for teaching and the value of experiential learning, completing an MS in environmental education from Southern Oregon U. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in environmental science at OSU, with a focus on informal science communication.