Jeff Dillon

Senior Education Manager

RESEARCH INTEREST:

Education Philosophy: I believe everyone deserves unfettered access to the pursuit of their own curiosity. As educators, we are required to support, encourage, and foster curiosity in others. This is our calling and our mission. Every spark of inspiration and connection to discovery is our sustenance.

Affiliation:

National Association for Interpretation
North American Association for Enviromental Education
National Marine Educators Association
National Science Teachers Association
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education

Despite what might be portrayed in the popular press these days, I still believe that we love science in this country, and our fellow citizens have a hunger for it.  Additionally, with the dramatic changes, we are witnessing in the environment our jobs as researchers and educators could not be more important! I joined the staff here at the ASLC because I believe strongly in our mission and know we are making a difference in the world.

I grew up in Ohio with respect for and a genuine love of nature, taught to me by my father in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and along the shores of the Great Lakes. I had some truly inspirational teachers in my formative years of jr. & sr. high who fostered in me a life-long curiosity about the world, how it works and the importance of scientific investigation. But it wasn't until I found myself at a crossroads in life, between careers, and all alone thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail that I knew I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to sharing the natural wonders of this world with others. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of such a dynamic and exciting organization, to work alongside such amazing and passionate people and have the opportunity to see that the desire of that lone, weary (and very smelly) hiker come true, here in beautiful Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center.