Sean Russell is an Emerging Professional member of NMEA and founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Team and Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.
He is currently a member of the NMEA Conservation Committee and his local chapter, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA), and is participating in NMEA strategic planning that is currently underway.
We asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:
1. Why did you join NMEA?
I joined NMEA to have an avenue to expand the reach of my work engaging students in ocean conservation and marine debris prevention initiatives on a national level.
2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?
Through NMEA, I’ve had the opportunity to network with and be mentored by experts in the fields of marine science education and conservation. Their input and knowledge base has benefited my conservation work with young people, led to new partnerships to support this work, and has helped shape my career path.
Additionally, the national and international platform NMEA provides through its annual conference and online communication systems, has been a valuable asset to me as I work to spread a series of student-driven Youth Ocean Conservation Summits across the country and expand on my marine debris prevention work through the Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.
3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
I’m most proud of NMEA’s work to ensure ocean education is a key component of science education programs across the U.S. and on an international scale. By supporting the development of ocean literacy principles, NMEA is helping disseminate knowledge of the ocean and its importance to students of all ages.
4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, connected, knowledgeable.
Join Sean during our Google Hangout On Air on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. EST!