Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? Being active in our waterways makes me appreciate the beauty and value of our coastline. Coastkeeper strengthens my role as a successful steward for my community.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? Coastkeeper has a hand in every aspect of protecting fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters– beach cleanups, community engagement, children’s education, information for policymakers, water quality monitoring and more.

I want to see a world where all human beings hold the deepest respect for life, and where all animals, plants and natural landscapes are protected and preserved for future generations

Taya is currently an adjunct Geography professor in the Greater San Diego Area; her subject areas include earth science, climate change and cultural geography. As a scientist, Taya has 10 years of scientific experience in water quality, sediment, hydrology and ecological assessments of inland and coastal habitats. As an educator, Taya has 18 years of experience including teaching, managing and training teachers at the elementary and middle school level and as a college instructor.

An ecologist at heart, she is an active volunteer and participates in various committees and programs with San Diego Coastkeeper, WiLDCOAST, American Cetacean Society, San Diego Humane Society and Surfrider Foundation. A California native, Taya earned a masters degree in watershed science at San Diego State University and a teaching credential at CSU San Marcos. She worked as a teacher and administrator in the Perris School District in Perris, Riverside for 10 years. She currently lives in Oceanside.