Our seasonal naturalists are dynamic individuals dedicated to helping inspire youth about our ocean and have extensive training and teaching experience in the environmental education field. Naturalist have a passion for teaching children in the outdoors and a commitment to creating a learning atmosphere that is fun, safe, educational, and inclusive of all learning styles and ages.
If you are interested in joining the Camp SEA Lab team as a naturalist, please check our Job Openings for more information.
Patricia Rutowski, Managing Director
831.582.3925 or email
Pat has spent a lifetime sharing her love of the ocean: holding birthday parties at the tidepools, and leading tours of elephant seals at Ano Nuevo and painting a mural of intertidal life as a student at UC Santa Cruz. She has led school programs, teacher institutes and day camps at Coyote Point Environmental Education Museum, San Mateo County Office of Education, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. After 14 years as Education Director at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, she is thrilled to return to Camp SEA Lab, having run the first pilot week of camp back in 2000. Pat brings her knowledge of marine biology and science education gathered from two summers spent at marine labs, a bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in Science Education from UC Berkeley.
In the local scene, she has run a Girl Scout troop, served on the boards of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, the PG Library, and the Gathering for Women--Monterey, and appeared with Monterey ImProv. Pat spends her free time searching the hills for wildflowers and mushrooms, boogie-boarding, and dabbling in poetry.
Chris Gibson, Operations Coordinator
831.582.3681 or email
Chris joined Camp SEA Lab in 2008 adding her twenty plus years of experience in education and the outdoors to facilitate the operations aspects of Camp SEA Lab. Her appreciation for the marine environment was developed from childhood and resulted in a Bachelor degree in Marine Biology. A teaching credential from Salisbury State University in Maryland and experience in directing a private outdoor education program, Genesis Account American Outdoor School, have provided the foundation for Chris to organize the details required to provide successful programs for students and campers.
When not in the office, Chris relaxes by hiking, reading, swimming, volunteering at her church, and planning for her next trip to enjoy tropical waters from above and below the surface.
Emily Scavarda, Program Coordinator
831.582.5091 or email
Emily has been involved in outdoor and environmental education since 2010 utilizing her Bachelor degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. She got her start teaching interpretive programs at Pfieffer Big Sur State Park and has since worked at Pathfinder Ranch Outdoor School and the Boojum Institute for Experiential Education leading science, rock climbing and canoeing adventures throughout California. Emily joined Camp SEA Lab in 2012 and is excited to contribute to our mission and program while supporting field staff and continuing to share her passion for environmental education.Outside of Camp SEA Lab, Emily enjoys exploring our beautiful area by trail and in the water. She enjoys crafting, cooking, and spending time with her dog & chickens.
Ahalya Nalamothu, Field Coordinator
831.582.3681 or email
Ahalya started her journey with Camp SEA Lab during her Service Learning Experience as an undergraduate at California State University Monterey Bay. After obtaining her Bachelor degree in Marine Science at CSUMB, she worked as a Field Naturalist for Camp SEA Lab in 2016. She now brings experience to her new position from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and most recently, developing a citizen-science program for NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Her combination of knowledge and passion for research, education and conservation are well applied as Field Coordinator.
Ahalya is excited every day to be field support for our Naturalists and best of all - to have the beach as her office! Beyond the beach you would find Ahalya cookin' up something delicious in the kitchen and enjoying time with close friends.