Alice Mohrman is perfectly at home in the water. Ever since she was young she’s been attracted to organisms that call the ocean home.
“It all started during a vacation as a kid,” she said. “I lived in an area that was inland so we went to the beach every Sunday. That’s what got me interested in beach ecology.”
In 2005 she moved to Delaware where she was hired as a naturalist at Abbot’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, where she specialized in marine ecology.
Fast forward ten years and she’s the education coordinator, where she organizes school groups and teaches children about a wide range of environmental topics.
Under her direction students collect and study aquatic animals, such as horseshoe crabs, learning how scientists track them. She introduces them to programs that take a deeper look into the world of insects and shows them how to study water quality. She especially enjoys helping kids learn about the environmental importance of marshes.
“Most people don’t know about it [marshes],” she said. “People ignore it because it kind of smells, but I’m kind of funny. I tend to be the type of person who likes to get muddy.”
Since 1986 she’s done whatever she can to make sure she’s doing something to protecting nature. Her preference, however, is working as a naturalist.
“I’ve always been a big fan of crustaceans, fiddler crabs, and the whole ecosystem that works to protect our ocean,” she said. “I’m a water person and a swimmer. I just like finding different things on the beach because marine life is so different than what you might see in your average neighborhood.”
And, Mohrman says, there are the children.
“I like working with students and kids,” she said. “I thought if I can combine what I like about marine ecology and teaching all the better.”