David Cappaert likes bugs and flowers, rocks and trees. He loves working with students that share those passions. Before coming to ESM, Mr. Cappaert worked in research projects that have dealt with: insects, horticulture, fisheries, air pollution, stove design, biomedical technology, and seagrasses. He has lived in Florida, Oregon, Michigan, and Mexico. He is a photographer that has published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many textbooks.
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Becca Hays has been working in the ESM Aquatics Lab since January, 2011. Before she worked at ESM, Mrs. Hays worked at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk in the education department and the animal husbandry department. While working at the aquarium, she taught people of all ages about the Long Island Sound, and the organisms that live in and around it. She did everything from working on a boat, to helping take care of seals, sea turtles and frogs.
When she was studying marine biology at The University of New England in Maine, she got to work on whale watch boats, where she got to see some of her favorite marine animals: whales, basking sharks, and Mola molas (look it up!). Mrs. Hays’ favorite thing about working at ESM is being able to share all of these experiences with the students and families of ESM, and inspiring them to want to learn more about their local environment. When she is not working at ESM, Mrs. Hays enjoys kayaking and bird watching, especially at the same time. She also likes to travel and see different environments from around the world. Her favorite places she has travelled to are: Alaska, Bostwana, and rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
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