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Gabriel Hiroshi Tsuruta
Gabriel Hiroshi Tsuruta
Instructor for SE’s Channel Islands Marine Program

 

Gabriel (Gabe, for short) has had a lifelong passion for travel, science, and learning at every opportunity. His grandfather took him and his brother traveling all around the world, always visiting new places with the intent to learn everything they could from the experience. He grew up in Los Angeles, and in high school he exceled at biology and writing. He went on to receive a BS in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara. As a college student, he worked at the school’s REEF aquarium, where he fell in love with bringing the magic of the ocean to the next generation of scientists and informed citizens. Gabe was also the REEF’s Abalone Aquarist, working to help two endangered species of marine snails, the Black and White Abalone, to recover from dangerously low populations due to overfishing, disease, and climate change. He has interned at the Aquarium of the Pacific, and conducted research at both UCSB’s Parasitology Lab, and at the Crocodile Research Coalition in Placencia, Belize. 

 

Gabe has been an instructor for Scholastic Expeditions since 2016. As a lover of all things invertebrate, he helps connect students with the creepy-crawly, sometimes alien-looking, but always amazing animals lying just below the water’s surface. Gabe has also joined the marketing team to help bring the amazing experiences offered by Scholastic Expeditions to schools and students who haven’t yet been on our one-of-a-kind trips before. He enjoys reading, tide-pooling, playing tennis, diving, and listening to metal music. His favorite phylum is Arthropoda, and he thinks pandas are overrated.

  • Gabriel Hiroshi Tsuruta
    Instructor for SE’s Channel Islands Marine Program