FMSEA

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 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 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 north@fmsea.org.

 

Savanna practices her dip netting along with other FMSEA members at a recent Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Crystal River, FL. 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 Savanna contemplates a squid while diving in Little Cayman Island

Calling all FMSEA members!

National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference

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

NMEA 2016: June 25 – July 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL  fmsea.org/nmea16

We’re looking for some eager FMSEA members to serve on our Conference Committees. If you are interested in helping with either the 2015 or 2016 Conference (or both), please e-mail Kasey at president@fmsea.org. Here are some areas where we need help:
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • Auctions
  • Field Trips
  • Speakers/Special Guests
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Events (i.e. SciCafe, Banquet)
  • Transportation
  • Publications (i.e. signs, Conference program)
  • Sponsorship & Fund Raising

Last but not least, if you attended NMEA 2014, we would love to hear from you. What did you like? What would you like to see more of? Please send your feedback to nmea16@fmsea.org.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, 2014-2015 FMSEA President

president@fmsea.org

Scholarships Available!

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 FMSEA.

Scholarship Applications are due 60 days prior to program/conference for which you are applying. Submitting an application does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Application Deadlines for Major Conferences (60 days prior):

    • FAST 2013 Deadline: Monday, August 26, 2013
      • Conference October 24 – 26, 2013 (Miami, FL)
    • NSTA 2014 Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014
      • Conference April 3-6, 2014 (Boston, MA)
    • FMSEA 2014 Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2013
      • Conference Dates TBA (Panama City, FL)
    • NSTA STEM Forum & Expo Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014
      • Forum May 14-17, 2014 (New Orleans, LA)
    • NMEA 2014 Deadline: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      • Conference July 21 – 25, 2014 (Anapolis MD)

All award winners must agree to:

  • acknowledgments of FMSEA support in all activities related to the funded program,
  • file copies with FMSEA of all products/projects generated by the program,
  • a short, written report on the program/conference for the annual FMSEA Journal or present a session at the first FMSEA Annual Conference after the completion of the project.

For more information and to apply for a FMSEA Teacher Trust Fund Scholarship, visit fmsea.org/membership/awards.

The FMSEA Board of Directors voted to establish an environmental education trust fund at its October 10, 1993 meeting. The fund is in support of staff development which includes teacher in-service training and enhancement. A special thank you goes to R. Duncan Matthewson for his efforts in helping to establish this fund.

Have a fin-tastic day!

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, FMSEA President-Elect

president-elect@fmsea.org

FMSEA REPRESENTS

by Jaclyn 2013/07/24 Captain's Log (President)

Shout out to all of our members that attended NMEA 2013! We were very well represented! Have I said how much I love this chapter?! Great people, great times, lifelong friends!

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FMSEA Award & Scholarship Deadlines

by Dana 2013/03/07 Regional Reports

Calling all fin-tastic educators! We need nominations for the 2013 FMSEA Service Award & the John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award. 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 […]

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Join FMSEA at FAST this Weekend!

by Dana 2012/10/25 Regional Reports

October 25-27, 2012, St. Petersburg, FL STEM-U-Lating Science The Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach Friday, October 26 – Saturday, October 27, 2012. We will offer our Aquatic Species Collection Workshop during the event. Also stop by the Exhibit Hall to talk […]

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