Michelle Drake

Former UC Santa Cruz MARINE Student Liaison

Specialties: Ocean Education

UCSC Liaison From 2014-2016mkdrake@ucsc.edu

Michelle studies paleoceanography and paleclimatology to learn how the past climate can inform our understanding of ongoing climate change. Michelle is a PhD student in Ocean Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, advised by Dr. Christina Ravelo. Her current research focuses on the evolution of sea-ice and ice sheets in the Bering Sea during the earliest Ice Ages, which was partially funded through a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship. She received her Masters from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 2013, while working with Dr. Ivano Aiello. Her Masters thesis was a sedimentological study of millennial scale climate variability in the Bering Sea during the last Ice Age and deglaicial period. Before graduate school, Michelle worked as a K-8 science educator, language teacher, research technician in marine microbial ecology, and as a naturalist in the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary, among other odd jobs. Michelle hopes her oceanographic research will provide her tools to be an influential steward of the ocean. View her website.