Sylvia DirectorSylvia Yang, Aquarium Director | email

Sylvia Yang has been a marine scientist at WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center and a course instructor for Environmental Science since 2012. As a marine scientist, she co-developed and taught for WWU’s Marine Science Scholars’ Program and conducts a research team of undergraduate and graduate students investigating seagrass and nearshore ecology.

Recently (2017), she joined the staff at the SEA Discovery Center as director and research scientist who is engaged in the community, enriching the center’s educational and aquarium programs, and facilitating student involvement. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Washington, conducted post-doctoral research on invasive Spartina in California, and was an NSF GK-12 Fellow, developing investigative marine science curriculum for high school. From these experiences, she discovered her passion for mentoring students, helping others identify and achieve their goals, and facilitating lifelong learning.


Patrick MusPatrick Mus, Aquarium Manager | email

After a successful career in the United States Navy, Patrick Mus went on to earn a degree in environmental studies from the University of Rhode Island. He has decades of experience with mechanics and aquaculture, as well as thousands of hours of diving under his belt. He is the primary collector for the Marine Science Center, and the builder and manager of the exhibits.


Bruce ClaiborneEducation Director | email

Lauren KemperLauren Kemper
, Volunteer and Program Coordinator | email

Lauren Kemper became the Volunteer and Program Coordinator in August, 2014 after completing an environmental science degree at the UW in Tacoma where she gained experience in environmental education and water quality studies.

As the Volunteer Coordinator she manages volunteers, provides training, and ensures volunteer benefits. As Program Coordinator, Lauren organizes, schedules, and runs several youth programs for individual students and groups or classes as well as birthday parties and other SEA Discovery Center events.


Barb Wyatt, Lead Teacher


Bettye Shifrin, Office Assistant


Joyce Nishimura, Substitute Teacher | email

Joyce Nishimura taught middle school science on Bainbridge Island for 34 successful years until her retirement in 2007.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries in 1970 from the University of Washington and her Master of Education degree in Educational Technology from City University in 2000.

Her teachings included classes in Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science, as well as Marine Science, and stream monitoring.  She is a substitute teacher at the Center and enjoys sharing the excitement of discovery with young learners.


Julie Leung, Instructor | email

Julie Leung holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and a BS in Biochemistry from Brown University.An environmental writer, she loves the intersection of science, art and literature. Julie has taught grades 5-8 formally and informally in both public and private schools and volunteered as a beach naturalist at the Seattle Aquarium and currently volunteers with the Kitsap Beach Naturalist program since 2008.



The staff is rounded out by a team of capable, dedicated volunteers, without whom the Marine Science Center could not function.