Growing up in a small farming community in rural Oregon, Julie looked forward to her family’s weekend visits to the coast. Watching the sea lions play, rambling in the tide pools, and digging for clams fostered an enduring fascination for the ocean. Wanting to see what also lay beneath the waves, Julie learned to SCUBA dive, becoming a Master Diver in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite experience underwater is watching thousands of squid spawn in a cove just off the shores of West Seattle. In between, Julie pursued a fun and challenging career as a TV news journalist/producer, learning to write, shoot, and produce news stories for two NBC affiliates in Northern Nevada. A few years later she received a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy in Miami, where she moved to be with her husband. During that time, she was able to create a few marine-related short documentaries and videos. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Exeter in “Environment and Human Health,” using film and narrative methods. Working with Changing Seas, and the immensely talented crew is the culmination of her two passions, the ocean and television. She is still pinching herself.