Peter Chaillé
Peter grew up exploring the forests and fishing the waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He received his BS in Aquatic Biology, MA in Comparative Physiology, and PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Peter is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University and holds a research appointment at UCSB. His work included studies of nearshore rockfish in the Pacific Rim, examinations of the effects of environmental changes on marine organisms, research collaborations with public agencies, companies and nonprofit organizations on sustainable use of marine and forest resources, and more than a decade instructing sea kayaking and outdoor leadership. He serves on the board of the Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross and volunteers as Fire Chief in Coffman Cove. Peter is a co-founder of the Tatoosh School and serves as the school’s Executive Director.


Erin Steinkruger
Erin was born and raised in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska. She studied Political Science at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University with research in environmental governance and educational leadership.  Erin has paddled thousands of miles in Southeast Alaska, Baja California, and Patagonia, and her work with nonprofits in the rural communities and wild lands of the West has made her a strong advocate for boots-on-the-ground understanding of our landscapes. Erin is a co-founder of the Tatoosh School and serves as the school’s Programs Director.

Research & Teaching Assistants

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The TS Assistantship with the school’s Center for Integrated Research is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates and emerging young professionals to gain experience developing and implementing research in a field setting, teaching, and supporting expeditions. Working in a rural and remote setting, Research & Teaching Assistants develop strong relationships with TS faculty, students, and community partners. Skills and experience developed during the term can be applied to careers in research, teaching, and public service.