Allison Fritts-Penniman is a marine evolutionary biologist with a passion for teaching and science communication. Originally from upstate New York, she got her bachelor’s degree in natural resources from Cornell University before moving to the West Coast. She earned her doctorate in biology from UCLA in 2016. Allison currently teaches Marine Biology at the University of Portland in Oregon. She previously worked at California Academy of Sciences, St. Mary's College of California and Mt. Hood Community College. In her spare time, she loves baking, running, camping and having Zoom dance parties.