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In Nashville for NSTA 2016? Join us on Thursday for our Share-a-thon & sessions

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Are you attending NSTA's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.? Join us on Thursday, March 31, in the Davidson Bay of Music City Center for our Share-a-Thon and sessions! 

Here's our schedule:

8:00-9:00 Whale of a Tale Share-a-thon with NMEA Chapters

9:30-10:30 Oil Spill Research: a microcosm for understanding how science works
Jessica Kastler, Program Development Coordinator, Marine Education Center, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory & Outreach Coordinator, GoMRI CONCORDE


11:00 – 12:00 Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time

12:30-1:30 Starting a STEM Program In Your School On Next to Nothing
Lisa Wininger, Plainwell Middle School STEM Academy

2:00-3:00 Ocean Literacy: Identifying constructs that go beyond content knowledge
Dr. Timothy Goodale,Program Coordinator MAT in STEM Education, North Carolina State University

3:30-4:30 Kelp Forests: A Free eBook for iPads AND Conservation and Children
Joey Lehnard, Senior Education Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium

FYI - the Call for Presenters for sessions at the 2017 NSTA conference in Los Angeles, Calif., will go out right after this year's event! 


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Guest Blog by Lynn Whitley - Join us in bringing in new members during the 2016 NMEA Membership Drive

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NMEA Membership DriveWhat:
  • NMEA is reaching out to bring in new members to our dynamic and awesome organization.
  • All new members signed up in the designated time period will be placed in an ‘opportunity drawing’ for some ocean and aquatic themed prizes.
  • If everyone could sign up at least two members we would greatly enhance our membership and focus on the goal of retention of these valued additions!



  • We have a team strategy, but all NMEA members are encouraged and requested to join in the Membership Drive! Ask your colleagues, friends, and associates, and let them know of the value of NMEA and welcome them to join.
  • Our Membership Drive Teams will be reaching out to their target audience to bring in members to NMEA (and we always encourage chapter membership, too!).The teams are designated by their audience:
       o University/College,
       o Formal Education,
       o Informal Education 
       o Emerging Professionals 
       o Agencies
       o Chapter Reps
  • If you are interested in serving on a team please contact Lynn Whitley. We welcome your help!

Thank you and please keep in mind: The larger goal is to welcome and engage new members into being active long-term members of NMEA and part of our NMEA Family! 

- Lynn Whitley, Membership Committee Chair

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Youth Conference at NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NMEA youth conference participants

On Tuesday, June 28, the National Marine Educators Association invites students in high school and college who are passionate about marine science, education, and conservation to join them for a special Youth Conference at our annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

This day-long event will connect student participants to experts in the fields of marine science education through engaging sessions and workshops and give them a chance to present their personal marine conservation/education work in a professional setting. Additionally, this event will give students a chance to learn about careers in marine science education by networking with professional educators from diverse backgrounds and by providing them with an opportunity to learn about how the National Marine Educators Association can support their career interests in marine conservation. NMEA youth conference participants

During the day participants will also have the chance to work with their peers on hands-on marine conservation service projects, visit the marine animal rescue and rehabilitation center at SeaWorld Orlando, and take part in the Conference evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, allowing for additional networking with members of the National Marine Educators Association. The conference registration fee of $25 includes all activities, lunch, dinner, and admission to the National Marine Educators Association evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, as well as a one year NMEA student membership! We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

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Scholarships available for NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Attending the annual conference in Orlando this summer? There are two scholarships available!

Are you an NMEA member already? Then consider the Member-only Scholarships, which are available to assist members in good standing.

If you have you never attended an NMEA conference and are not yet a member, and you represent and/or educate underrepresented minorities, then check out the Expanding Audiences Scholarship!

Visit our scholarships page for more information on both of these scholarships and to download nomination and/or application forms. Don't delay, the deadline is March 15! 

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Share your ideas, lessons, or research in marine education in our journal!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, February 19, 2016
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The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education are seeking articles for upcoming general issues. The journal features articles on topics related to marine education and the editors seek original manuscripts that describe research, lessons, resources, or strategies for teaching marine and aquatic lessons to a variety of audiences, including science, art, literature, and maritime history.

Please submit manuscripts to the editors electronically for consideration. The deadline for submitting articles for the fall general issue is July 25, 2016.

For information on submitting articles to Current, please visit our Guide for Contributors > 

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FMSEA Chapter Winter Update & Award Nominations Sought

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, February 16, 2016

FMSEA Chapter Winter Update 

FMSEA Board MeetingThe Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) Board and Committee Chairs have been working very diligently on NMEA 2016. The 2016 Conference Committee continues to have monthly conference calls and recently met at the Renaissance Hotel for a weekend planning meeting.

FMSEAEach of FMSEA’s seven regions has quarterly outings. The Southeast Regional Outing was to the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce. This Regional Outing provided participants an opportunity to get "behind the scenes” of the Smithsonian Marine Station’s unique facilities and learn more about the Smithsonian’s work in Florida and beyond.

In addition to the regional outings FMSEA conducted several Aquatic Species Collections Workshops (ASCW) this winter. The Aquatic Species Collection Certification requires successful completion of the training workshop. The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities.

FMSEA workshopA curriculum has been established to achieve the primary workshop objective. The certificate does not supersede any state or federal regulations, but it does allow the collection of specified numbers of certain species for educational purposes, some undersized, and to use certain types of collecting gear that would not be allowed under recreational fishing guidelines.

- Submitted by Mellie Lewis, FMSEA Chapter Rep

FMSEA Board photo by Laura Diederick; Southeast Regional outing photo by Kerri Allen

FMSEA Award Nominations Sought 

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., which will be held June 25-July 1. You do not need to be a FMSEA member submit a nomination - so nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.


The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.

This award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):

   Professional experience and background
   Special recognition already received relating to marine education
   Marine Science programs/projects developed by nominee
   2016 John Beakley Marine Educator of the Year Award Nomination Form (Access here)

Submit your application to


The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:

   Professional experience and background
   Projects/programs related to FMSEA undertaken by nominee
   Number of years and in what capacities nominee has served in FMSEA
   2016 FMSEA Service Award Nomination Form (Access here

Submit your application to


The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

The awards will be presented at the Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF)
The senior student project award was renamed in 2011 to honor John Booker, a marine biologist at Seacamp and former FMSEA president (1988-89).

Submit your application to

For questions about these awards, please contact Jaclyn Gerakios, FMSEA President-Elect, via e-mail > 

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Important #NMEA16 Awards Update

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, January 25, 2016
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Please note a change to annual award nomination deadlines this year.

The deadline for ALL award submissions has been moved up to February 15. A complete nomination form, along with any recommendation letters and all other supporting materials, must be received by the awards committee chairperson on or before Feb. 15. All award recipients will receive a one-year NMEA membership and an engraved award.

Visit the Awards page for full award descriptions and submission details > 

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Our winter newsletter introduces the latest issue of Current, a call for presenters for #NMEA16, recaps #EMSEA15, and much more!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, December 23, 2015
December 2015 Newsletter

Our winter newsletter is out!

It includes the latest edition of our journal, Current, the call for presentations for NMEA 2016 in Orlando, Fla., a recap of the EMSEA 2015 conference in Crete, and other news about NMEA chapter events and upcoming opportunities!

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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Guest Blog by Robert Rocha: EMSEA 2015 in Crete

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, December 21, 2015

The third annual European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference was held from September 28 through October 1, 2015, at the CretAquarium in Gournes, Crete. More than 100 people from 22 countries attended this great event. The conference focused on two topics: evaluating actions and methods as well as their impact on diverse audiences, including schools and aquaria; looking ahead into the future and shaping ‘the way forward’ for ocean literacy in Europe and beyond. Workshops were well run and well attended.

EMSEA 2015

Social events included a roof-top ice breaker, and one night later a tour, dinner and traditional Cretan dancing at an open-air museum. Pierre-Yves Cousteau gave an inspiring keynote lecture and, to end the conference, attendees very enthusiastically, and very generously, participated in Aquarium Bingo, as a means of raising scholarship funds for EMSEA 2016.

EMSEA 2015

NMEA was well represented with fifteen members in attendance. Several, including Ivar Babb, Tina Bishop, Evy Copejans, Geraldine Fauville, Susan Haynes, Meg Marrero, Diana Payne, Gail Scowcroft, Craig Strang, Peter Tuddenham, and I, led workshops and/or poster sessions.

EMSEA 2015

An interesting and successful format for sharing information was the Open Space Discussion. Everybody in attendance gathered in one large room and were encouraged to offer topics of discussion by writing them on a sticky note, ‘selling’ the topic to the crowd and choosing a time to lead the talk. Once the topics were posted, attendees could choose one for the first time slot and another for the second time slot. According to the rules, ‘Whoever shows up is the right amount of people for that group and whatever takes place is the only thing that could have happened.’ Personally, I enjoyed the Open Space Discussion about finding international ways of celebrating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.

EMSEA 2015

Congratulations to conference chair Martha Papathanassiou, the EMSEA team, the staffs of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research and the CretAquarium for a successful and informative conference. Mark your calendars for the fourth EMSEA conference, scheduled for October 4-7, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

- Robert Rocha, 2015-16 NMEA President

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'Tis the season! Happy #H2OHolidays!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, December 21, 2015
Reindeer Wrasse

We're having some fun with festive marine and aquatic critters this holiday season! Follow along on social media with the hashtag #H2OHolidays - both on our Twitter account and Facebook page!

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