Allison Lee

Field of Work 
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Job Title or "Student" 
Graduate Student
University of California - San Diego
BS- Biology (General); MAS - Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I have spent the last 10 years as a professional biologist and I enjoy participating in a wide-range of scientific topics connected to wildlife and environmental issues from the microscopic molecular level to the macroscopic ecosystem biosphere level.

Currently I am a graduate student (PhD) in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. I manage a citizen science project with the tourism industry to understand how melting glaciers in Antarctica influence phytoplankton. I have studied the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on phytoplankton in the past. I enjoy work that is based in the lab and in the field.

In 2006, I received my Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of Washington and began my career learning molecular techniques in the fields of immunology and neurobiology using the mouse model organism.

I then spent 2.5 years as a full-time field biologist studying an array of animal's habitat use from squirrels, to songbirds in Washington, parrots in Mexico, and macaws in Peru.

Afterwards, I spent 6.5 years doing molecular work with a blend of ecology work in Oceanography studying the physiological and genetic effects of climate change and ocean acidification on phytoplankton.

I make time to fulfill my passion as a field biologist by connecting with and volunteering for local conservation organizations such as the Sierra Club, Ocean Inquiry Project, Woodland Park Zoo and Conservation Northwest as well as international conservation agencies such as Earthwatch, and The Peruvian Macaw Project.

These experiences into other diverse biological projects have provided me an opportunity to expand my skill set and share what I have learned with the public as well as with younger aspiring biologists.

In my free time you can catch me training for marathons, cycling, hiking, scuba diving, drinking coffee, socializing, traveling and reading books about quantum mechanics, psychology, neurobiology, health, anthropology, and astronomy.
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekends, No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 

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