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Photo of Stori Oates inspecting barnacles in a rocky tidal shore zone.

Stori Oates

Communications and Education Coordinator, Contractor with IBSS
Community Engagement, Outreach, and Education
Cell: (831) 234-7478

Stori Oates

Communications and Education Coordinator, Contractor with IBSS


Stori is the Communications and Education Coordinator for Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories. She designs and implements Sea Week interpretive programs and collaborates with NOAA scientists, local school districts, and educators to create in-person and remote education events and curricula that are engaging, student-centered, and place-based.

Stori is an experienced wildlife biologist and K-12 educator with a passion for sustainable resource management and a commitment to working collaboratively with team members and diverse constituencies to find stakeholder-driven and culturally-based solutions to multifaceted issues. She uses narratives and storytelling to explain complex scientific concepts with the goal of creating an equitable and successful learning environment for everyone.

Prior to working with NOAA, Stori coordinated multi-agency projects focused on ocean health at the land-sea interface for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center and the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California. She has taught biology, environmental science, and oceanography, and created an independent research program that provides students with opportunities to contribute to community science projects or conduct their own research.

Stori received a MS from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a BS from Santa Clara University. She loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking, and paddle boarding with her husband and their pups.