The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) held their annual conference November 6-8, at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Wilmington, NC. A total of 54 educators from 5 states attended the conference.
The event included presentations from formal and informal educators on topics ranging from plankton to ROV’s, several aquatic-focused curricula, and hands-on activities centered on climate change.
Also highlighted were several presentations about youth, and how to encourage and enable them to take leadership roles in conservation education. Participants were treated to two excellent guest speakers: Andy Wood from the Coastal Plain Conservation Group presented Ecosystem Collapse or Habitat Shift: Climate Change, Snails, and Unanticipated Consequences.
And Bonnie Menteleone from the Plastic Oceans Project, who presented about her work in studying and teaching about marine plastics around the world.
During the conference, MAMEA presented their two annual awards. Tami Lunsford of Newark, Del., received the Outstanding Classroom Educator of the Year award, and Dr. Roseanne Fortner of Oak Island, NC, received the Outstanding Informal Marine Educator Award. It was a pleasure to have a chance to honor both of these talented and dedicated educators!
- Andy Gould, President, MAMEA