Last updated: 12 November 2015
Terms of Reference
The GCOOS Outreach and Education Council (OEC) is the primary body to provide guidance and assistance to the GCOOS Regional Association in matters of education, outreach and public awareness. The OEC plays the lead role in developing, implementing and evaluating the Outreach and Education Plan for the GCOOS Regional Association. The OEC ensures that the Plan is consistent with the current GCOOS Build-out Plan, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development Plan and the GCOOS-RA Business Model. The OEC collectively is expected to be familiar with the GCOOS functions and operations, ocean science education standards, outreach and education pedagogy and evaluation techniques, and constituency building techniques among diverse audiences in the Gulf of Mexico. OEC membership will include representatives from formal, non-formal and informal education communities that reside in the Gulf of Mexico region. The members will be appointed by the GCOOS-RA Board of Directors. At least one member of the Board of Directors shall serve as a member of the OEC Council. The Chair of the OEC will be selected by the Council.
Representatives from Florida
|Brent Gaskill||Summer Vacation Fishing Charters|
|Charlene Mauro (Co-Chair)||Navarre High School|
|Mike Spranger||Universtiy of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences|
|Debbi Stone||The Florida Aquarium|
|Chris Verlinde (Co-Chair)||University of Florida|
Representatives from Alabama
|Sara Graves||University of Alabama Huntsville|
|Lloyd Scott||Retired, Mobile County Public School System|
|Margaret Sedlecky||Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve|
|Lee Yokel||Gulf of Mexico Alliance|
Representatives from Mississippi
|Jessica Kastler||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Carol Lutken||University of Mississippi|
|Joe Swaykos||NOAA National Data Buoy Center|
|Ann Weaver||NOAA Gulf Coast Services Center|
Representatives from Louisiana
|Tricia LeBlanc||Audubon Aquarium of the Americas|
|Dianne Lindstedt||Louisiana Sea Grant College Program|
|Jean May-Brett||Louisiana Department of Education|
|Dinah Maygarden||University of New Orleans|
Representatives from Texas
|Charlene Bohanon||Galveston Bay Foundation|
|John O’Connell (Past-Chair)||Texas Sea Grant College Program|
|Rob Smith||Fugro GEOS, Inc.|
|Pamela Terasaki||Claughton Middle School (Spring ISD)|
|Rusty Low||Institute for Global Environmental Strategies|
Meetings & Reports
The first meeting of the Education & Outreach Council was held April 24-25, 2006, in Biloxi, MS. The meeting report is available.
The second meeting was held June 18, 2007, in Spanish Fort, AL. The meeting report is available.
The third meeting was held June 5-6, 2008, in Pensacola, FL. The meeting report is available.
The fourth annal meeting was held August 6-7, 2009, in Mobile, AL. The meeting report is available.
The fifth annual meeting was held June 24-25, 2010, in Gulfport, MS. The meeting report is available.