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Jenny East
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Director (2018-2021)

For over 10 years Jenny East has enjoyed the opportunity to connect students and public audiences to the wonders of water and marine science. From a fascination with tidepools in the Pacific Northwest she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biology with a focus in marine science from Western Washington University. After several seasons as a Beach Naturalist with the Seattle Aquarium, she found her interest in environmental education and improving the way we communicate science to the public.

Jenny has worked as an outdoor school educator in Washington and California, including Camp Sea Lab in Monterey Bay. She had the chance to work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as an educator during their sleepover events and volunteer with Team OCEAN, a program with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Jenny's career as an educator has also included the tall-ship Adventuress, and serving as a naturalist on whale-watching trips in Washington and southeast Alaska. After completing her Master of Science in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University, Jenny accepted a position with Oregon Sea Grant working with recreational boaters and anglers to prevent pollution in the state’s waterways. She has been active with NMEA for the past 4 years, serving as the chair of the Education Research committee for three of those years. She is a member of her local chapter NAME and is helping to plan their 2018 conference in Portland, Oregon.

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