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Marcus Eriksen, PhD
Executive Director of Leap Lab

Marcus Eriksen is the Executive Director of the Ventura County Science Center, located in Santa Paula, CA.  The desire to build a science center goes back 3 decades to early expeditions excavating dinosaurs in the badlands of eastern Wyoming. His work in environmental science has led him to lead sailing voyages around the world to research ocean plastics. Leap Lab is the culmination of a lifetime of science, education and advocacy to solve real-world problems. In addition to his research publications, he’s authored books detailing adventures down rivers and across oceans. He now lives with his wife and daughter on their 15 acre farm.

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Anna Cummins
Director of Leap Lab

She has over 10 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction. Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. In 2001, Anna received a fellowship from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Program, to work with Santa Cruz based non-profit Save Our Shores, coordinating bilingual outreach education and community relations.

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