Meet the Team

Conservation and education is a collaborative effort. Meet the team that helps make the OctoNation site a reality. 

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Warren carlyle

Warren is the Founder & CEO of OctoNation, a nonprofit organization that works to inspire wonder of the ocean by educating the world about octopuses. As a professional community building strategist, Warren has built relationships with underwater photographers, artists, scientists, and aquarists to achieve this mission.

He has created a community where people can interact, learn and be enamored by the ocean through the lens of the octopus. Jacque Cousteau said it best, “People protect what they love.” OctoNation’s 600,000+ members wholeheartedly agree! Consider supporting and getting involved today!

Dr. Chelsea Bennice

Chelsea (Octo Girl) is based out of South Florida where she spends her time under the sea in octopuses’ gardens. She received her PhD from Florida Atlantic University and is currently involved in research studying octopus’ microbiology and behavior.

Chelsea uses underwater photo and videography to share her research and show her passion for octopuses and marine conservation. She’s bringing the cephalopod knowledge. Get ready, Nation!

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Chris Adams

Chris Adams PortraitChris Adams is an illustrator and designer with a passion for art and education. He inspires others to think about the ocean by creating whimsical characters that show off the amazing and unique nature of the octopus.

Chris also brings us his design expertise with over 10 years of experience working with brands like Patrón, American Express, Coca-Cola and Disney. He thrives on creating unique experiences, focusing on clear strategies paired with modern design. He created the new visual identity for OctoNation and continues to help us improve our look across all that we do, pushing us forward and creating new opportunities to help fuel our mission.

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Judy YorK

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Judy York is an educator veteran with 28 years of experience in teaching science. She has 11 years of classroom 6-12 student instruction and 17 years of experience in developing professional learning opportunities for PreK-12 teachers and administrators. She works as a science specialist with Education Service Center Region 12, a nonprofit service organization devoted to supporting educators and school personnel in their efforts to improve student outcomes.

Corrine Klein

Selfie of CorinneCorinne is a biologist with 10 years of experience in the fields of marine and wildlife biology. She has a Master’s degree in marine science from the University of Auckland and throughout her career has worked on multiple international marine conservation projects as an environmental consultant. She is an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, and loves to share random facts about sea creatures with anyone who will listen. Based in Japan, Corinne currently works in medical research and scientific freelance writing.

Vee Zarate

Vee Zarate Portrait Vee is the blog manager here at OctoNation. Her love and knowledge for all things cephalopods has grown immensely since joining the OctoNation team- and continues to grow daily!

Vee uses her skills of writing, editing, and brainstorming to help create fun, yet educational posts about cephalopods- Something everyone can read and enjoy! As someone who spent the better part of her childhood near the ocean in Miami, Florida, she grew up learning to appreciate all sea life. Her love for the sea inspired her to do something daring- she dyed her hair blue!

Follow our OctoNation blog to help support and spread the word about all things cephalopods.

Marie Clayatt-Larson

Marie Clyatt-Larson is a certified teacher with 12 years of classroom experience, with 1st-8th grades. While primarily a science teacher, she is also an endorsed master reading teacher. Marie has been an active leading member of the Texas Regional Collaborative, mentoring science teachers. In addition to her time in the formal classroom, Marie has written and designed curriculum for the Cincinnati Museum Center children’s programs and BRIC’s microgravity educational outreach program.

Jeanine Wolf

Jeanine Wolf is a retired science education specialist with 30 years of experience. A strong believer in integrated educational experiences, Jeanine writes lessons that include technology, reading, writing, math, social studies, and science for students in 3rd – 12th grades.

Jesselynn Back

Jesselynn Back has a BA in Strategic Communication from Washington State University. She founded Mad Conscious Media to develop her portfolio and hone in her skills in the marketing, social media, and content creation areas of her job. She currently works with clients developing social media strategies and creating new and exciting content that stands out. Understanding branding across platforms is integral for success in the digital age and helping clients achieve their goals is what Mad Conscious Media is all about.