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.
  • Secretary
    • 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.
  • President-Elect
    • 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 president-elect@fmsea.org


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!!

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 2014 Conference in Panama City Beach, FL. Nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by Friday, February 28, 2014.

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 FMSEA’s founders.

“I consider John to be the founding father of Marine Education in the State as he made numberous 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):

FMSEA Service Award

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:

Student Project Awards

Award for Junior Student Project

The John Booker Award
for Senior Student Project

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.



For information and submissions, contact:
Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski (FMSEA President-Elect)
president-elect @ fmsea.org

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We’ve been working on a pretty exciting new initiative to get more OpenROVs into schools, and have an amazing new opportunity for PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL teachers to receive an OpenROV kit at a greatly reduced (basically no cost to the teacher or school).

We have a limited number of teachers who can take part in this initial pilot program, but I wanted to make sure we got the message out to folks in our community first. If you’re a public school teacher and want to participate, please send me an email ASAP -> david@openrov.com.

So it you are a public school teacher and interested in adding a ROV to your program, visit the OpenROV website to find our how to get one at a reduced cost.

FMSEA Scholarships & Teacher Trust Fund

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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 […]

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Mote Marine Laboratory Teacher Workshop: Manatee Research

by Dana 2013/01/02 Regional Reports

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, with support from the National Science Foundation, will be offering a 2-day workshop* for science teachers focused on manatees and the ground-breaking behavioral research occurring at Mote. This workshop will be held January 26-27 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. Participants will be immersed in the science and take […]

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Join FMSEA at FAST this Weekend!

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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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Let Your Students Write You Off

by Brandon 2012/09/15 East Central

Your students words could not only earn money for them and your classroom but might also get you to the Bahamas!   The contest begins! From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest extends from September 15, 2012 to June 15, 2013. The essay contest is an educational complement to From the Bow Seat, a […]

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East Central September Update

by Brandon 2012/09/12 East Central

Help Spread the Word We have been out pushing the FMSEA message to teachers across the state at teacher in-services, workshops, and conferences. My challenge to you is to help spread the word about FMSEA to your colleagues this year. Did you know FMSEA gives a FREE membership to first year teachers? So reach out […]

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