Welcome Bella & Adriana!
Bella Mayorga (left), new education coordinator at California’s San Francisco Bay Reserve. Adriana Reza (right), new education coordinator at Texas’s Mission-Aransas Reserve.
Please join NERRA in extending a very warm welcome to the two new education coordinators who have just added their skills, passion, and experience to our Reserve family. Welcome, Bella and Adriana—we can’t wait to see where you take us!
Bella Mayorga is joining the San Francisco Bay Reserve as their new education coordinator. Not only does Bella bring a strong scientific background to the role, but as a bilingual speaker and first generation college graduate, she brings impressive skills in mentoring and teaching, and a passion for reaching diverse and underserved communities.
“As a long-time lover of the quiet peace and unseen bustle of estuaries, I am immensely excited to continue the work of the former Education Coordinator Sarah Ferner in connecting diverse audiences to the San Francisco Bay Reserve sites and ongoing research,” says Bella.
“I’m very much looking forward to building on her accomplishments and bringing my own background and experiences to the education program. I also can’t wait to spend more time out at the Romberg Tiburon Campus, China Camp, and Rush Ranch!”
Bella graduated this year from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her background is in geospatial sciences and ecosystem science and conservation.
Bella spent time in Ecuador in a Wildland Studies Abroad Program and worked on a study of avian use of urban gardens which was published in Urban Ecosystems 2020 (1-11). She was education coordinator for the Graham Sustainability Institute, for the University of Michigan Compass Mentors Program, and President for the Strategies for Ecological Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) at UCSB.
Adriana Reza has joined Texas’ Mission-Aransas Reserve as their new education coordinator. She comes to the Reserve after starting her education career at the Texas State Aquarium in 2005, where she focused on distance learning programs using videoconferencing technology.
“My passion is connecting students and the community to nature through hands-on programs. In my experience teaching through distance learning, there is a magic about showing students the ocean for the first time,” says Adriana. “I am excited to join a team of educators who share a passion to educate and continue providing engaging programming to our community.”
During her time at the Texas State Aquarium, she managed multiple programs, facilities, and teams. She also worked at the Oso Bay Wetlands Education Preserve as an educator and at the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation as a project manager.
Adriana received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on conservation education, through George Mason University.
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