- M.S. in Zoology, Emporia State University
- B.A. in Biology, Houghton College
Prof. McElfish has extensive experience in outdoor science education, teaching on topics related to marine biology and biogeography of the Channel Islands, forest ecology, and conservation. Most recently, she worked with the Catalina Island Marine Institute off the coast of Southern California, followed by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.