About Michelle Jarest

Michelle Jarest/Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Prior to becoming a member of the World Federation of Coral Reef Conservation, I have worked to spread my passion for coral reef conservation. In my professional career, I have utilized my unique opportunities to spread messages about disposable plastics and endangered marine species. I hope that with the WFCRC I will be able to continue this effort and help to educate the public about ocean pollution and ecosystem degradation.

I graduated from the University of Colorado in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. I have previously interned with Wildtracks in Sarteneja, Belize. As an intern, I assisted in manatee rehabilitation and lagoon clean-up practices for the northern Belize region. I also previously volunteered at the Denver Aquarium. This opportunity gave me unique access to various aquatic environments and species, learning about their care as well as conservation tactics. I am a certified Open Water Diver since 2010 and have practiced at Blue Hole, New Mexico and off the coast of Caye Caulker, Belize. While I am by no means a professional, I know my way around the equipment.

As a Volunteer and Revenue Program Coordinator at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, I have the unique audience of volunteers, staff and guests. With the volunteers, I hold recognition events for hours volunteered and project completions. These events not only celebrate the amazing work the Volunteers have accomplished, but also spread the message about disposable plastic use and ocean clean up. One gift I have given volunteers is stainless steel reusable straws. It is well known that disposable plastic is a large contributor to ocean and land pollution. By giving the reusable straws, I spread the message to help reduce plastic straw usage among Cheyenne Mountain Zoo volunteers. I have many other event ideas that I am excited to bring to the team at WRCFC.