Dax Ovid, Ph.D. is onboarding at Call of the Sea as the Director of Educational Programs. Dax studied Integrative Biology at U.C. Berkeley, focusing her research on seasonality in mammals and birds. For over 5 years, Dax has co-designed and taught an undergraduate course on the public engagement with science. As a part of the course, students have conducted experiments with social media, hosted conferences, and successfully applied for grants to self-publish a book. Dax discusses inclusive science education below.
What is “inclusive”? There are two ways of looking at it.
Firstly, this includes not just student engagement with science but also with social and historical influences. Dax is serving to enhance the academically rich, hands-on learning experience students discover at Call of the Sea by emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in our curriculum design.
Secondly, inclusive science education creates a context of opportunity for students from all backgrounds to engage and contribute to scientific advancements.
Beyond the content of lessons and the format for delivery, Dax is passionate about creating community. How can teams to come together and accomplish the impossible? By hoisting the mainsail of a tall ship.
If you are interested in contributing to the educational programming at Call of the Sea, we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to dax@callofthesea.org.
Call of the Sea’s former Education Director, Mary Rutz, has accepted a position at New Village School as an educator and experiential environmental leader. Congratulations, Mary!

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