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Lisa Tossey
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Director (2018-2019)

Lisa Tossey currently teaches introductory undergraduate courses and oversees community outreach efforts as the project specialist for the Environmental Studies Department at Salisbury University, which is part of the University System of Maryland. She previously served as the social media community manager and editor for NMEA for several years and supported University of Delaware’s College of Earth Ocean, and Environment and Delaware Sea Grant College Program’s digital communication and outreach efforts, producing engaging social media content, educational videos, story maps, and virtual reality experiences. She is currently completing doctoral work at University of Delaware, where she is focusing on using educational technology in science outreach.

Lisa has worked as an informal educator and communicator for over 16 years in higher education, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She believes that engaging, effective communication is vital to connecting others to the importance of our one world ocean and in raising public awareness of its value to each and every one of us.

She completed her undergraduate work in biology and chemistry at Salisbury University and has a master's degree in multiplatform journalism from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She lives in Berlin, Md., with her husband, two rescue dogs, and one very large horse, and spends her free time hiking, beachcombing, and kayaking. She also runs an art gallery and studio, Wooden Octopus, which is a family art cooperative. You can find Lisa on Twitter at the handle @tossey, as well as on Instagram as @ltossey.


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