Dominique Evans-Bye teaches biology and geographic information systems (GIS) science at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta, California. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Biology with Marine Emphasis and a Master’s degree in GIS, both through California State University, Northridge. As an undergraduate student, Evans-Bye participated in the National Exchange program and spent one semester studying marine biology and scientific diving at California State University, San Francisco and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Afterwards, she joined the International Exchange Program to continue her studies in marine biology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Evans-Bye has been a volunteer public safety diver for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Dive Team since 1992. As the team’s Research and Development Officer, she has the unique ability to share resources between the Sheriff’s Department and the school district.
Evans-Bye engages her students in science through diving and other hands-on opportunities in her research program, sponsored by Society for Science & the Public. Securing grant funding from the Lexus EcoChallenge, she purchased a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle and trains her students in the use of the vehicle for marine research and dive team members in search and rescue operations. In a new partnership with Coastal Marine BioLabs, she will be introducing her students to biotechnology and bioinformatics for marine research. Evans-Bye participates in research at the California Institute of Technology with students over the summer and has developed Environmental GIS and Geology of Disasters courses to facilitate student research projects. To date, her students have won over $145,000 in science research competitions. She is currently working on expanding Geographic Information Systems in education through the support of a UCLA Teacher Initiated Inquiry Project augmentation grant.
Read more about Dominique Evans-Bye's research program on the SSP blog.
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