Christine Hoekenga is a life-long friend of the sea, having written about and worked on marine issues nearly her entire career. Originally from Nevada, she lived in Washington, DC for seven years, where she worked for environmental non-profits like the Blue Frontier Campaign and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as a freelance science journalist, and at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. At the Smithsonian, she served as the New Media and Community Manager for the Webby-award-winning Ocean Portal.
Christine holds a dual bachelor’s degree in media studies and environmental science from Willamette University and a master’s degree in science communication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an avid SCUBA diver with experience conducting marine research in the field and the lab. Although it’s impossible to pick favorites in the ocean, Christine holds a special place in her heart for tropical coral reefs, squat lobsters, and octopods.
After an intense stint at the epicenter of U.S. politics, Christine has returned to the desert Southwest where she enjoys getting outdoors and working as a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. Although hours from the nearest coastline, Christine works to protect the ocean every day through personal action in her local watershed.