Captain’s Log (President)

logo_fmsea_2010_medallionHello, FMSEA members!

I wanted to send you a quick update on the Board of Directors meeting we had this past weekend.  The meeting was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL.

We used the board meeting to introduce some new faces to the board, including our new regional directors and treasurer! Please check our updated web page to learn more about these amazing individuals.

We worked on this year’s annual conference – it will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida! The theme of this year’s conference is FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining A Light on Ocean Literacy.  If you are interested in helping in any way with this conference, please contact Jenna LoDico at

Make sure you save the dates for our annual conference and be on the lookout for more details soon!!




Hello!  My name is Jaclyn and I FMSEA President for 2016-2017.  I wanted to give you all some information about me.  I have been teaching for over 5 years. I hold a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology. I am certified as a Florida teacher in Earth/Space Science and Biology.  Teaching is my number one passion. I love getting students excited and interested in all aspects of science, especially anything to do with ocean literacy.

I am an avid SCUBA diver and instructor. I run the SCUBA Knights program at Saint Paul’s, where middle school students can obtain their SCUBA certifications.  I also love to dive and be in the ocean as much as possible.

I also work closely with the non-profit Shark Angels.  I am the education coordinator and I work to help other teachers set up clubs, like the Shark Angels club we have at Saint Paul’s.  Sharks are my favorite animal, and I work hard and teach our students that these misunderstood animals are vital to our ocean’s health, and ultimately our planet’s health.

My husband and I live in a zoo. We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, a turtle and a 3 legged Guinea pig. We love Disney and spend many weekends there, or at the beach, springs or trails exploring all that Florida’s environment has to share.

If you have any questions please contact me at president@fmsea.orgjaclyn

Look for FMSEA 2017 Annual Conference information coming soon – dates are May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida!

logo_fmsea_2010_medallionDear FMSEA members,

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando June 25- July 1. Nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.


The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.

“I consider John to be the founding father of Marine Education in the State as he made numerous trips to Washington to obtain funds to develop the Jacksonville Marine Science Center, the Crystal River Marine Science Station, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Station (no longer open). He was the major force in establishing FMSEA in 1968.”
—Pat Purcell

This Award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):


The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:


The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

Submit your application to president-elect @

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Open Positions for FMSEA Board 2016

by Earnie 2016/02/02 Crow's Nest

Dear FMSEA members, Your board of directors are working hard on getting ready to host the National Marine Educators Association conference in Orlando, June 25 through July 1, 2016! We will have several positions open on the FMSEA board for 2016. Please read below about the open positions and what duties they entail. Treasurer: The […]

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by Earnie 2015/06/15 Crow's Nest

Hello wonderful FMSEA members! I wanted to take a second and introduce myself. My name is Jaclyn and I will be serving as president-elect for the next year. For those of you who have the summer off I hope you are enjoying your time! For those working summer camps and other projects I hope you […]

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FMSEA Awards

by Earnie 2015/01/23 Crow's Nest

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the FMSEA 2015 Conference in Tampa, FL. Nominate someone today! All Award Nominations […]

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FMSEA Scholarships

by Earnie 2015/01/23 Crow's Nest

Did you know that FMSEA awards scholarships to educators every year? Individual Scholarships will be presented to FMSEA members to attend either an environmental professional development program or a professional conference (including the FMSEA annual conference). Awards may cover registration, travel or accommodation costs. Applicants are encouraged to secure matching funds from sources other than […]

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FMSEA Elections

by Earnie 2015/01/23 Crow's Nest

FMSEA Elections Nominations are now open for FMSEA Board of Directors! The FMSEA Board of Directors is a nominated panel of individuals who are responsible for the operational aspects of the FMSEA organization. Each year various positions become available for re-election. Board positions that are up for election at the conference: President-Elect Membership Secretary NMEA […]

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BLUE Ocean Splashes into Tampa Bay

by Earnie 2014/11/10 Crow's Nest

BLUE is an enlightening and entertaining 7-Day summit showcasing the world’s finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference. This year, for the first time BLUE was hosted in the Tampa Bay Area from November 3- […]

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by Jaclyn 2014/07/24 Captain's Log (President)

Calling all FMSEA members! We just returned from a wonderful NMEA Conference in Annapolis, MD and now we’re ready to start our own conference planning. Please read on for details about the FMSEA 2015 Conference and NMEA 2016 (did I mention that FMSEA is hosting?!) FMSEA 2015: May 1 – 3, 2015 in Tampa, FL […]

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