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Summer 2021 staff

Waterfront Director

Dalton Brauer
Dalton graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and from the University of Malta in 2018 with a Master’s in Enviromnental Management and Sustainability. “I have always loved sailing and was on the sailing team in college.” While studying in Malta, Dalton realized just how much she enjoyed teaching sailing after working at a sailing school. Last year Dalton left Malta and moved back to Boothbay. Because of COVID, her job postponed, she started working at Hannafords. “It was there that I saw the sea and science center t-shirts. I went home that night, looked it up, and thought there is not a more perfect place for me, I have to get a job there. The trifecta: science, sailing, and kids.”

Principal Instructors

Dr. Mark E. McDonough
Session II: Sea Fever: What’s Hot in the Gulf of Maine
Mark is a lifelong Mainer and self-professed science “nerd”. His love of the sea and its inhabitants began at a young age, living and playing on the shore. He followed his passion for science by earning a minor in Biology as an undergraduate student, and later by engaging in post-baccalaureate studies in the sciences in preparation for a career as a science teacher. Mark has taught science for nearly every year of his 24-year career. He furthered his education by earning a Masters of Science in Education, a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Education Leadership, and a Doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Leadership. He currently serves as MSAD 51’s K-8 Gifted and Talented Math and Science Teacher. When not teaching, Mark enjoys all that Maine has to offer with his wife Anne, and their five children. Mark and Anne co-captain their BHM 25′ lobster boat while exploring islands and ports between Casco and Penobscot Bays.

Genevieve (Genna) Black
Session III: A World Below the Waves
Genevieve is a high school science teacher. She teaches biology, and ocean science. Genevieve has worked at Mount View High School for four years, and before that worked at Mid Coast School of Technology. She graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 2014 with a degree in Marine Biology and from Unity College in 2018 with a Masters degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management. Her passion for fisheries science comes from growing up on a lobster boat in Belfast, Maine where her father still fishes. Since graduating from college, she spent a season working for the Maine Department of Marine Resources sampling lobsters around the state. Aside from lobsters and teaching Genevieve loves cooking and traveling whenever possible. This will be her fourth summer teaching at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.

Amy Palmer
Session IV: Tracking Trash; The Secret Lives of Trash
BSSC welcomes Amy back for her fourth summer of teaching. Amy started her career as a naturalist at environmental education centers from Ohio to California to Alaska. She studied sea turtles in Hawaii and experienced first-hand the “great Pacific garbage patch.” Amy studied marine science at Moss Landing Marine Lab in California, focusing on lingcod migration using remote sensing technology. She then became a middle school science teacher on an island in Maine! “My most recent adventures include leading a middle school Lego Robotics team, teaching 2nd graders how to code, and creating a mini village powered by renewable energy with 4th graders using a 3D printer and lots of ingenuity”. Amy is currently the K-8 STEAM teacher at the Saint George School in Tenants Harbor. “I’m really excited to see my former BSSC students in person this year”.

Stephanie Wessel
Session V: Tall Ships and Taller Tales
Stephanie lives aboard her 42′ sailboat with her husband and 2 kids, and travels the East coast spending her summers in Maine and winters someplace warmer. She has a Masters Degree in Enviromnental Education and loves teaching kids about all the wonders the ocean holds. She is excited to be joining BSSC this summer where she can bridge her passions for marine education and sailing while inspiring the next generation to fmd and explore passions of their own.

Sailing and Science Instructors

Adam Sirois
Adam Sirois is a Senior at Lincoln Academy. He grew up in Edgecomb Maine ten minutes from Boothbay. Adam has been sailing his whole life and grew up with the program as a camper at just the age of 9. Being 18 now, he is ready for his 9th season with BSSC. He got his level 1 in 2018 so that he could instruct sailing at BSSC. He hopes to have as much fun as possible with the sailors and scientists of the upcoming campers!


Audrey Aragon
My name is Audrey Aragón and I am going into my fourth year at Maine Maritime Academy in the Marine Biology program. I have loved science since I was a child and I’ve loved the ocean for even longer. I am very excited to be able to share my passion for marine science to kids though summer camp because that is how I found my love for it!


Thomas (TJ) Guercio
My name is TJ Guercio and I am a freshman at Colby College. I have grown up in the mountains of Colorado and have spent much of my time hiking, skiing, running, fishing, and exploring the wilderness of my backyard. I am thrilled to work BSSC because I have always been fascinated by the ocean, and this would be a great opportunity to learn more about it. I am excited to share my appreciation of the ocean with children and help prepare them for this changing world.


Juliet Fluty
Hi! My name is Juliet Fluty, I am 19 years old, and I cannot wait to start my time at Boothbay! I am currently an upcoming sophomore at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, I have a major in Aquarium Sciences and a Minor in Art. Typically you will find me either volunteering at your local homeless shelter or having fun at the beach with my friends. I am so excited to teach young minds about the beauties and wonder that the ocean holds!


Chloe Shader
My name is Chloe and I’m a rising Sophomore at Colby College. Growing up in Maryland I was lucky enough to experience the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, as well as getting to be an exhibit guide at the National Aquarium. I am super excited to work at BSSC this summer to share my love of the ocean and nature with BSSC campers! I love working with children, and I have been an assistant teacher at my dance studio as well as a babysitter. I can’t wait to get to know everyone at BSSC this summer!


Junior Sailing and Science Assistants

Isaac Thompson
Isaac is entering his junior year at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. He’s been sailing and exploring the Damariscotta River since he has been strong enough to hold a tiller. When not on the water, Isaac enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. He is looking forward to his first season at BSSC and sharing his love of sailing with the students.


Grace Campbell
Grace Campbell attends the Boothbay Region High School and will be entering this upcoming fall as a junior. This will be her fifth year attending the Boothbay Sea and Science Center. She has previously worked as an Apprentice Counselor at the camp. She enjoys being outdoors and adventuring around Maine. Grace has an
interest in the arts and literature and involves herself in many of the choral and drama programs at the Boothbay Region High School. Grace has held many leadership roles within the community and has attended numerous leadership programs to strengthen her skills. Grace looks forward to a summer filled with adventure and learning!

Apprentice Instructor

Caroline Snell
Caroline is a rising sophomore at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY and is super excited to be joining BSSC for her first summer as a science apprentice! She has spent every summer in Boothbay Harbor since she was born and enjoys boating and exploring local islands. At school, she has a passion for STEAM, particularly in science and engineering. In her free time, Caroline likes baking, reading, and walking her dog. “I can’t wait to share my love of science and the ocean with the BSSC community.”