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
The FMSEA 2014 Conference is almost upon us! I hope you will be joining us in Panama City Beach, FL on April 25 – 27, 2014. The Conference Committee has been working hard and has some great things lined up for the weekend including field trips, a SciCafe at Gulf World Marine Park, concurrent sessions and exhibit hall at Surfside Middle School and the Year-End Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Advanced Technology Center of Gulf Coast State College. Below are some details about Elections and Awards for FMSEA 2014.
Our Board of Directors, as in other organizations, does the majority of the work of the organization during its meetings. The Board meets several times a year at locations across the state and the meetings are open to all members. Taking place over a weekend, the extended time allows the board to fully cover the many items on the agenda, as well as take-in some behind-the- scenes exploring of the host site for our annual conference. There are a number of FMSEA Board positions up for election this year:
- Regional Directors: Panhandle, North and West Central regions (map of FMSEA regions)
- Regional Directors (RD) are clearinghouses for information about marine science education events, activities and opportunities. RDs create and support training and professional development opportunities and work to nurture and actively grow that professional network of marine science educators that is FMSEA’s single greatest benefit. RDs must attend and contribute to all Board Meetings.
- The FMSEA Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and is tasked with recording, preparing and distributing the minutes. Secretary is also responsible for maintaining Board policies and maintaining compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures.
- The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards.
If you are interested in running for one of the positions listed above, please contact Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski at email@example.com.
We are really excited about this year’s FMSEA Service Award and the John Beakley “Marine Science Educator of the Year” Award. Join us in Panama City Beach to congratulate the recipients!
Don’t forget to tweet, post and Instagram anything and everything FMSEA 2014 using #FMSEA14. See you in PCB!!
I just got back form our board meeting which focused mainly on planning for this year’s FMSEA Annual Conference. It is going to be a great event this year and not far from our region. I hope you’ll join us at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, May 2-5. Registration should be online in the next few days. While you are waiting for that though I thought I’d make you aware of a few important FMSEA items.
We Need Your Nominations
We are accepting nominations for Marine Science Educator of the Year and FMSEA Service Award so please nominate yourself or another great marine educator for one of these prestigious awards by clicking here.
We also have scholarships available to attend the FMSEA Annual Conference (or other professional development courses/conferences) so don’t delay and apply today. More information can be found on the same awards link above.
We also need your nominations for FMSEA officers. My position is up for election, and while I plan to run again I would encourage anyone else with an interest in a place on the FMSEA board to run as well. We also have positions available for Treasurer, NMEA Representitive, and FMSEA President Elect. So throw your hat in the ring by contacting or president elect, Heather Segura.
Brevard Science Teacher Awards
Also for those teachers in Brevard, the Space Coast Science Educators Alliance is still accepting nomination for the Exemplary Science Teacher Award, but hurry because nominations are Due by this Friday, February 15. Nominations only require a name and short paragraph on why the teacher deserves the award. Self nominations are accepted. Visit SCSEA to download the nomination form.