Phil Zerofski was born and raised in Tewksbury, MA where summer trips to Cape Cod began a lifelong love of the ocean. He got his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island and then headed to the Florida Keys to begin his career as an outdoor educator and marine technician. Upon moving to San Diego in 1994 with future wife Amy, Phil started working with Mike Yeakle, the founder of SEACAMP Enterprises, and quickly took on the role of Program Director. In 1997, Mike sold the program to Phil and Amy and they have been in charge ever since. Upon moving to San Diego, Phil became an active volunteer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in 2010 he was approached to take over their position as Marine Collector which was an offer he could not refuse. For the last 7 years, Phil has been wearing both hats but remaining active in supervisory and decision making roles as well as staff training and dive mastering at SEACAMP San Diego.
Amy Bergen Zerofski originally hails from New Jersey and then Maryland, getting her Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College in New York State. Right out of college, Amy began her outdoor education career teaching Marine Biology at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in the Florida Keys. Upon moving to San Diego, Amy gained experience as a classroom teacher and then began her career with SEACAMP San Diego in 1995. In 1997 Amy and Phil took over ownership of SEACAMP San Diego and have had the reigns ever since. Amy also holds a Masters of Marine Science from University of San Diego where she is now also an adjunct Professor. Amy loves to travel with her husband Phil and their daughter Delilah anywhere they can do some fun family snorkeling!
Starting as a Marine Science Instructor, Whitney is our most senior employee. Since her start in 2003, Whitney has been devoted to providing the best experience to every student that attends SEACAMP San Diego. Rising to the Program Director position in 2007, Whitney’s enormous knowledge of marine science and local marine animals is invaluable to our program. She earned a Bachelors of Science from Coastal Carolina University in Marine Science in 2001. Her favorite activity at camp is the Floating Classroom Boat Trip where she is able to interact and share her expertise with students from all over the country. Whitney’s favorite marine animal is a basket star; she is always on the hunt to find this elusive invertebrate.
Erika started with SEACAMP San Diego in 2012 and quickly become an integral part of the inner workings of SEACAMP. A native San Diegan, Erika grew up in the North County community of Fallbrook. As one of the few non marine science majors, Erika has made great strides to improve her marine science knowledge. Earning her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University in 2008, Erika brings a level of organization and precision to her position as Administrative Director. She loves speaking to and helping teachers and parents learn more about SEACAMP San Diego. When you call the office you will likely speak to her or her counterpart Sue.
Sue is originally from Baltimore, MD. She attended Virginia Tech where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry. After graduating college in 1997, she moved to California after accepting a position as a Science and Outdoor Education Instructor at the Desert Sun Science Center. The following year, she moved to San Diego to become a high school math and science teacher. Prior to working at SEACAMP San Diego, Sue was Manager of Science Content at Scantron, where she managed the science portion of their K-12 educational products. This included developing, writing, and reviewing science materials and aligning them to state science standards. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from San Diego State University. Besides traveling, running, and hiking, Sue enjoys spending time playing tennis and going to the beach with her two boys.
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Laura is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee and attended college in South Carolina at Furman University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and participated in several study-away programs specifically geared towards Marine Science. In addition, she started SCUBA diving in 2007 while in high school and ever since her first lake dive, she’s been in love with being under the water. Throughout high school and college, she was committed to finding a career involving the ocean. Laura started working at SEACAMP in January 2015 and has since discovered her favorite pastime: trying to catch an octopus, whether during snorkeling, tidepooling, or scuba diving on the summer boat trips. Laura is excited to share her underwater passion with campers!
Graduating from University of California Santa Barbara in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aquatic Biology, Wes has been working with SEACAMP San Diego since 2015. Wes loves the opportunity to introduce his passion for ocean to students and adults that are experiencing it for the first time. At the age of 13 Wes got his first SCUBA certification which opened up a whole new world. Growing up in Costa Mesa, CA gave Wes the opportunity to dive in some of California’s best kelp forests. These experiences gave him the foundation to pursue a career in marine science. Wes continues to be an avid SCUBA diver both in a scientific and recreational capacity.
Lyndsay is from the small town of Turlock, California. She has a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from the University of California Davis. She is also in the process of getting her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego. She has been working at SEACAMP San Diego for three years. Everyone at SEACAMP will tell you that she loves the mola mola and wants to spend as much time in the water as possible.
Matt decided he wanted to become a Marine Biologist in high school after taking an Oceanography course that helped solidify his love and curiosity of the ocean. Originally from Lake Arrowhead, CA Matt chose to purse his interest at San Diego State University by obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology. One of his favorite aspects of being a Marine Science Instructor at SEACAMP is having the ability to educate the youth of the importance of protecting our planet and providing an avenue for the campers to find inspiration to carry on the difficult task of solving science’s tough questions. He has worked with SEACAMP San Diego since 2015 and he loves to share his passion of Phycology (Study of Algae) and the importance of plankton. He enjoys snorkeling the Marine Room in La Jolla in search of Leopard Sharks during the summer months.
Growing up on the rocky shores of Puget Sound in Seattle, Lilia dreamed of being a marine biologist for as long as she can remember. Attending summer SEACAMP San Diego as a camper in high school further inspired her to pursue her passion in the field. She received a degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a minor in Marine Biology from the University of Washington, and was able to complete her studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Lilia is beginning her second year as a Marine Science Instructor for SEACAMP. She loves spending time in the water and sharing her excitement for the ocean with students, inspiring them to protect the underwater world and the incredible life it supports.
Matt has always been drawn to the ocean! Growing up near Baltimore, Maryland, he frequented the National Aquarium and enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. Matt volunteered at the Louisville Zoo during his high-school years in Kentucky, which solidified his passion of working with animals. He graduated Seton Hall University in New Jersey with an Environmental Studies degree and began his career in outdoor education. Over the past five years, Matt has traveled around the country working with various organizations in California, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In his second year at SEACAMP San Diego, Matt enjoys seeing his students connect with the ocean! Matt’s favorite aquatic activities include snorkeling and boogie boarding at La Jolla.
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Sara was born and raised in Manassas, VA where family beach trips to the Outer Banks sparked her interest in marine biology. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Management. Sara’s marine science background includes aquatic entomology lab work, internships at the Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Mammal Education in the Florida Keys, and STEM Education in southeastern Connecticut. Sara joined the SEACAMP San Diego team in the fall of 2016 and loves being able to explore the ocean each week with students from all over the country. Sara’s favorite part of SEACAMP San Diego is the snorkeling excursion during our all day boat trips, where each trip is a new adventure! Her favorite marine animals are Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and horseshoe crabs. Sara’s favorite ocean activities include sailing and open water swimming.
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Originally from Patchogue, New York, Stacy recently joined the SEACAMP family in the fall season of 2016. Stacy has a solid marine science foundation after obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also brings a strong camp background from working with kids in the Monterey Bay area for the last two years. Stacy enjoys going kayaking and snorkeling, and her favorite marine animals include nudibranchs and sea hares!
Parker grew up in Oceanside, CA where he spent his summers bodysurfing at the beach and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As a result, early on in his life he developed a passion for the natural world. On a snorkeling trip in the British Virgin Islands in 7th grade, he decided he wanted to be a marine biologist. Parker attended UC Santa Cruz in 2010 in pursuit of a degree in molecular, cell, and developmental biology. After graduating in 2014, he spent two years traveling, making stops in Nepal, Nicaragua, Canada and New Zealand. In 2016, Parker got second place in the Bodysurfing World Championships. When he isn’t working, traveling, or spending time outdoors, Parker enjoys reading and is a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings series. His favorite thing about being a marine science instructor is to see students inspired to protect the wellbeing of our oceans’ wildlife.
Morgan has been passionate about the ocean since she was a child. Growing up in Southern California, surfing and exploring the coast at a young age, she always knew the direction of her future. Morgan obtained her degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in ocean conservation from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015. Throughout the past few years, she was able to take part in coral reef research in Thailand and Malaysia, rehabilitate seals and sea lions in Santa Barbara, work for NOAA’S Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and monitor the San Dieguito Wetland for UCSB Marine Science Institute. Morgan spends most of her free time in the ocean, surfing and scuba diving, and loves to travel. Morgan joined the SEACAMP San Diego team in 2017, and loves having the opportunity to spread her passion for conserving our oceans to kids, helping them become comfortable in the ocean, and sparking a wonder for all that is left to be discovered underwater. Her favorite part about SEACAMP is working outside and watching for whales with the kids!
Ross grew up in San Diego and early on developed a great love and respect for the ocean. He would spend as much of the summer as possible boogie boarding, playing around at Mission Beach, snorkeling in La Jolla, tide pooling, and sailing around the bay. He went on to attend college at San Diego State University and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology. While attending college, he worked at SDSU’s Coastal and Marine Institute where he worked in the rocky intertidal and wetland ecosystems, discovering the intricacies of those unique and important ecosystems. Ross joined SEACAMP in January of 2017 to share his passion of the ecosystem with students, to teach some of the things he learned while working in the field, and provide students hands-on experiences and instruction about something that is so important to him. His favorite activity is exploring the tide pools in search of sea life.
Chaucey spent a great deal of her childhood living on the water. When she was just 4 years old, her and her parents took a 3-year-long boat trip down the Mississippi River and back up the Atlantic coast. Spending most of preschool in Key West, Florida, it was during this time where she discovered her love for the ocean and all marine life. Ever since then, she knew she wanted to pursue a future in marine biology and conservation. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chaucey attended Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York where she majored in Marine Vertebrate Biology and Environmental Studies. During her time on Long Island, she conducted research on invertebrate zoology, sea grass ecology, and worked in marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. After graduation, Chaucey relocated to San Diego, California and started working at SEACAMP in January of 2017. Her favorite marine animal is the humpback whale and her favorite thing to do at SEACAMP is going on the all-day boat trip. She loves to go sailing and be in the water as much as possible!
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