About the Blog & Author Cherilyn

manta ray named Cherilyn
Manta Ray named Cherilyn (yes, after me!)

These are the blog posts that give a voice to the ocean animals that are on the front line of the many changes happening to their ocean world. This includes climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification, overfishing, shark finning, and plastic pollution. The author, Cherilyn, hopes that you will listen to and fulfill their wishes!

The author of Ocean of Hope received a Bachelor’s Degree in the Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis in Biology, from the University of California at Berkeley. Her senior thesis, “The Distribution and Abundance of Cryptofaunal Communities for Use in Biological Monitoring of Coral Reefs” was published in Berkeley Scientific (1998) 2:58-62.

Cherilyn has a deep love of animals and nature, and also has a Veterinary Technology degree. She has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. She was as an Environmental Scientist, Aquarist (Marine Biologist), and Water Quality Technician. She has volunteered for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program, for the Oakland Zoo and for Sulphur Creek Nature Center.

She is a Board Member and Scientific Advisor for the Asian-Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance (APAOHA), which is helping to implement shark fin bans worldwide. Cherilyn is a leader of a chapter of Jane Goodall’s youth program, Roots and Shoots. Her group was recognized nationally as Group of the Month.

Cherilyn is an avid nature and underwater photographer, and loves to SCUBA dive. She maintains a hundred gallon saltwater home aquarium. She is also Treasurer for the Fremont Area Writers Branch of the California Writer’s Club.

Cherilyn has won first place (2017) in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Contest for her blog post, Journey of One Drop of Water, and second place (2016) for the blog post, My Manta Ray Encounter.

She also writes children’s books about ocean conservation, all unpublished so far. Stay tuned for updates!

To get in touch with Cherilyn, email: ollieoctopus (at) sbcglobal (dot) net