Who we are

We are a community of educators, scientists, and enthusiasts dedicated to educating people in New England about the ocean. Our focus is to help people of all ages understand the many different and important ways in which they and the ocean are connected to each other. Our membership is institution-based and is made up of

  • Zoos and aquaria
  • Nature and science centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Environmental organizations
  • Educational organizations

Member institutions have access to

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Joint grant opportunities
  • Network of individuals and resources

NEOSEC members represent a wide range of organizations and institutions throughout the New England region, which include ocean science educators, scientists and facilitators, all of whom are dedicated to ocean literacy. Member institutions include aquariums, science centers, Sea Grant programs, government entities, colleges and universities, ocean education associations and projects, state and federal nature reserves, and research groups.

If your institution is interested in becoming a member, please email us: info@neosec.org.

Meet the Chairs

Chair 2020 - 2021

Jesse Mechling

Chair 2021 - 2022

Meredyth Sullivan

Chair 2019 - 2020

Kate Leavitt

Chair 2018 - 2019

Val Perini

Chair 2017 - 2018

Holly Morin

Chair 2016 - 2017

Elaine Brewer

Chair 2015 - 2016

Cassie Stymiest

Chair 2014 - 2015

Maureen Dewire

Chair 2013 - 2014

Carole McCauley

Chair 2012 - 2013

Abbey Spargo

Chair 2011 - 2012

Katie Cubina

Chair 2010 - 2011

Diana Payne

Chair 2009 - 2010

Perrin Chick

Chair 2008 - 2009

Suzy Ryan

Chair 2007 - 2008

Gail Scowcroft

Chair 2005 - 2007

Billy Spitzer

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