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Randy Kochevar, Director of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, has expertise in marine biology and conservation, promotion of data literacy, Web development, research, and science communications. He brings passion for science and conservation—as well as a proven ability to make complex scientific concepts engaging and comprehensible for diverse audiences—to his R&D of innovative online educational resources for teachers, students, and the public.
In the Oceans of Data Institute, Kochevar leads a team that is working to transform K–16 science education to support students' entry into a world of Big Data through instructional design, research, and strategic partnerships with education and industry leaders. Kochevar plays a key role in the Institute's Ocean Tracks project, a collaborative initiative in which EDC and Stanford University are providing students and teachers with access to authentic data collected by migrating marine animals, drifting buoys, and satellites through an interactive website that features tools that enable users to display and analyze data to examine important scientific questions about animal interactions with the ocean environment. He is the co-Principal Investigator of the Institute's Ocean Tracks College Edition and Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) initiatives.
Kochevar shares his expertise in helping scientific research programs design and implement effective educational and outreach programs at the national conferences of organizations such as the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-author of the white paper “Toward a U.S. Animal Telemetry Observing Network for Our Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes” and publishes his research in journals such as Marine Ecology and Eos.
Prior to joining EDC, Kochevar oversaw science communications for the Block Lab at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. He has also served as consultant science communications specialist to a variety of corporations, museums, and research institutions. including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where he worked for 11 years.
Kochevar earned his BS in Biology from Colorado College and obtained his PhD in Deep-Sea Physiology from University of California-Santa Barbara.