Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association

is an organization of people whose common goal is to improve education about all aspects of marine and aquatic environments. Members come from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and beyond. We represent many institutions, organizations and programs. MAMEA is a regional chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

2019 MAMEA Board Elections
The election of MAMEA’s Board members for 2019-20 will be open June 8 to July 8, 2019!  We encourage all MAMEA members to exercise their right to vote. For all members with a functional e-mail address, MAMEA elections are conducted electronically. You will receive an electronic ballot in an e-mail on June 8.  Members without functional e-mail receive a paper ballot.  Both ballots allow for write-in candidates.  Be sure to submit your ballot by the July 8 deadline.

The 2019-20 election seeks to fill the following positions:

  • President-Elect (serves a 3 year cycle as President-Elect, President & Past-President). Candidate(s): Evan Beatty
  • Secretary (2 year term). Candidate(s): David Christopher
  • MD Representative (2 year term). Candidate(s): Lauren Fauth
  • NC State Representative (2 year term). Candidate(s): Brittany Pace
  • At-Large Representative (2 year term). Candidate(s): Lillie Reiter; Dawn Sherwood; David Wehunt; Andrew Wilson

Click here to review the candidate profiles.

2019 Annual Conference
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association will gather at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, VA on November 1-3, 2019 for its annual conference. More information coming soon.

VA 2019 Mini-Conference
Sea Turtle Investigations and Activities will be April 27, 2019.
Learn about cutting edge sea turtle research on the Atlantic Coast. Take a behind the scenes tour at the Virginia Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center to observe efforts to care for stranded sea turtles and research to help explain sea turtle deaths.  Participate in activities to help learners of all ages understand the life history of sea turtles, and receive copies of these activities. 

 Registration Deadline: April. 15, 2019. Click here for more information.

MD 2019 Mini-Conference
Osprey Banding will be June 15, 2019.
Join fellow MAMEA members for a hands-on conservation research opportunity at Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Begin with a brief presentation on the fish hawk with staff naturalist/biologist Greg Kearns of Patuxent River Park.  The experience continues on the water stopping at several osprey nests where 6-8 week-old chicks will be collected, banded, and released back to their nest.  Each banded chick will be weighed and its band number recorded for research purposes.

 Registration Deadline: June 8, 2019. Click here for more information.

2018-19 MAMEA Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-19 MAMEA officers:

President: Lisa Tossey (Salisbury University)

Treasurer: Jackie Takacs (Maryland Sea Grant)

DC Representative: Allie Toomey (PBS Children's Media & Education)

DE Representative: Amy Barra (Delaware Center for the Inland Bays)

VA State Representative: Cathy Roberts (Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center)

At-Large Representatives: Emily Peters (National Aquarium)

2018 MAMEA Award Recipients

Congratulations to Chris Petrone (DE) and Sara Beam (VA), our 2018 MAMEA Educator Award recipients! Find out more about them and past awardees on our Award Winners page.


MAMEA's Tami Lunsford becomes NMEA 2016-7 President
Tami Lunsford, Delaware classroom teacher, former MAMEA President, MAMEA Rep to NMEA, and DE Rep, became president of the National Marine Educators Association at the 2016 annual conference in Orlando.

MAMEA's Lisa Lawrence receives NMEA 2016 James Centorino Award
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) honored Lisa Lawrence of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Virginia, with its 2016 James Centorino Award for distinguished performance in marine education by professionals who are not classroom teachers. The presentation took place on June 30, 2016, before a crowd of over 300 educators at the Association’s annual conference. Read more.

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