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Kate AchillesDirector (2016–2019)

Kate Achilles is a fish and wildlife administrator at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Delaware in 2004, and now oversees Federal research and program management activities related to marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish.

Over the past 15 years, Kate has also managed numerous education and outreach programs. She has created hands-on educational programs, outreach materials, and curricula in the ocean sciences for culturally diverse audiences of all ages and educational backgrounds. She also developed and helped administer a nationwide program providing public school teachers with free access to portable, self-contained science kits that are aligned with state and ocean literacy standards. Kate created and managed an intensive teacher-at-sea program and led dozens of teacher-training workshops. In addition to being a strong advocate for teachers, she worked directly with students to provide programs aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in the ocean sciences. Additionally, she taught oceanography and chemistry at the undergraduate level, and published peer-reviewed research manuscripts and educational documents. Kate has been involved with NMEA for over a decade, and is dedicated to helping NMEA continue its mission of “making known the world of water, both fresh and salt.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of NMEA, has been Chair of the NMEA Scholarship Committee since 2011, is an active member of the Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educator’s Association (SWMEA), and previously served on the Board of Directors of NMEA’s OCEANIA Chapter.

In her free time, Kate enjoys backpacking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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