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Kerry Whittaker is the Assistant Professor of Coastal and Marine Environmental Science in the Ocean Studies Department at Maine Maritime Academy. Her role at MMA is to build and teach courses in the Coastal and Marine Environmental Science program, the newest major offered by Ocean Studies. Prior to joining MMA, Kerry was an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education Association (SEA). At SEA, she sailed as Chief Scientist for multiple SEA Semester programs aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans, two 134ft tall ships sailing, conducting oceanography and offering academic programs for undergraduates in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. She has also held a role as Faculty Chair of Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG), a place-based semester school in Maine focusing on marine science and leadership education for high school girls. In 2014, Kerry was awarded a Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship where she worked for NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources, advancing endangered species listings under the US Endangered Species Act. Kerry received a B.A. in English and Environmental Science from Colby College (2008), and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (2014). She believes the act of conducting science at sea offers a profound perspective on our role and impact as humans on this very blue planet. Kerry loves sharing the experience of scientific inquiry and sea-going field work with students, wherever possible, and is passionate about experiential science education and developing ways to merge oceanographic research with interdisciplinary undergraduate education.B.A. in English and Environmental Science from Colby College (2008)
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