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Savanna Nilsen Selected as a Science Communication Fellow

June 12, 2018                                            Susie Cain, Director of Communications


Local Teacher Selected for Groundbreaking Ocean Exploration Aboard Nautilus 
Savanna Nilsen of the Sterne School in San Francisco to participate in a STEAM initiative and conduct deep-sea explorations; topics include biology, geology, and maritime history.

San Francisco, CA —  Local Sterne School teacher, Savanna Nilsen, has been selected as a 2018 Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust. Beginning June 2018, Nilsen will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during the Cascadia Margin expedition segment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Nilsen was one of twenty-one educators and students selected to participate in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration, an initiative of the Ocean Exploration Trust. These selected fellows hail from schools, universities, science centers, and non-profit organizations in eighteen states in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Fellows are charged with the responsibility of engaging students and the public in the wonders of ocean exploration, sharing discoveries from the 2018 mission, as well as aspects of daily life aboard a working exploration vessel. 

Nilsen shared “It is such an honor to be part of the Nautilus Corps of Exploration. I cannot wait to explore the deep ocean alongside brilliant scientists, engineers, students, and other teachers, and to share the story of our discoveries with my students and the larger community.” 

As members of the Nautilus Corps of Exploration, educators and students will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers during sea-going expeditions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean including British Columbia, the West Coast of the United States, and as far west as the Hawaiian Islands. Members will also participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Nautilus Live, a 24-hour web portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology at and via social media: on Twitter as @EVNautilus and on Facebook and Instagram as @NautilusLive.

“One of the major goals of our Nautilus Exploration Program is to inspire the next generation of explorers in STEAM fields,” said Allison Fundis, OET’s Vice President of Marine Operations and Programs, “we are very excited to provide educators and students with the direct experience of ocean exploration, while allowing them the opportunity to share that experience with their peers around the world.”
Ed McManis, Head of School at Sterne School in San Francisco where Nilsen teaches, stated, “We’re thrilled to have Savanna participate in this prestigious program. It’s great timing too; she’ll come back with cutting-edge information and experiences to enhance our STEAM program and our new science lab.”

About the Ocean Exploration Trust

The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, and archaeology while pushing the boundaries of STEAM education and technological innovation. Our international program is launched from aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, offering live exploration to participants on shore and the public via live video, audio, and data feeds. The major 2018 expedition and education sponsors are the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, the Office of Naval Research, Ocean Networks Canada, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate PSTAR program, the University of Rhode Island, CITGO, AltaSea, KVH, Global Dynamix, ESS, and additional private donors. Follow us online at, on Facebook and Instagram at @NautilusLive, and on Twitter and YouTube as @EVNautilus.

About Sterne School

Sterne School is the premier Bay Area school inspiring students who learn differently and students who benefit from a small, personalized learning environment. Sterne fosters rigorous academic achievement through high-support from specially trained faculty. The Sterne School curriculum is a strengths-based model promoting intellectual curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving.

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Photo and Video Content

General E/V Nautilus photos. Credit: OET/Nautilus Live

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