Savanna Barry became the new North Regional Director for FMSEA in August 2016. She is excited to be serving in this role and looks forward to increasing FMSEA membership in the north region. But first… a little background about Savanna.UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station faculty and Sea Grant agent Savanna Barry working in Cedar Key, Florida. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS
Savanna grew up on a small farm in central Virginia and discovered her interest in marine ecology during family vacations to small fishing towns along the Chesapeake Bay. After earning her B.S. in Biology from the University of Virginia, Savanna split her time between Gainesville, FL and Little Cayman Island to earn her M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences through the University of Florida. Her M.S. research focused on interactions between seagrasses and calcifying algae but she was also involved in youth education and public outreach on the island. While in Little Cayman, Savanna completed her Divemaster certification and co-organized an island-wide effort to remove invasive lionfish from local coral reefs. After completing her M.S., Savanna moved back to Gainesville full-time to continue into a Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. She did her dissertation work in the beautiful seagrass meadows of the southern Nature Coast where she investigated seagrass meadows growing under different rates of nutrient input.Savanna Barry teaches a group of 4-H youth from Levy County about seining and marine species in Cedar Key, FL. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS
Savanna began serving the Nature Coast as a Regional Specialized Agent with Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension in February 2016 and graduated with her doctorate in April 2016. She lives in Cedar Key and is stationed full time at the Nature Coast Biological Station. She conducts diverse extension programming addressing issues of sustainable recreation, coastal literacy and stewardship, and enhancing/restoring marine habitats. You can follow her work on her blog or the NCBS Facebook page. You can get in touch with her about FMSEA business at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savanna practices her dip netting along with other FMSEA members at a recent Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Crystal River, FL.
Savanna contemplates a squid while diving in Little Cayman Island