Waissbluth, Ximena

Wildlife Ecology

With an MA in Educational Linguistics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Ximena has nearly two decades of teaching under her belt. Melding this with her research in marine debris, she created an informative series of presentations which she took on the road for one year, educating thousands of people of all ages, on the east and west coasts, about the devastating effects that plastic pollution is having on the oceans and marine life. As former Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter, Ximena began a marine debris outreach campaign that has since morphed into the Surfrider Foundation’s international RAP (Rise Above Plastics) campaign. Ximena currently teaches Marine Debris and ESL at California State University Monterey Bay.