Alexandra Fries is a Science Communicator who has joined UMCES IAN recently, coming from Conservation International. She graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor's in Marine Biology and has her Master's in Environmental Management from Duke University in Ecosystem Science and Conservation.
Gregory G. Domgaard hails from Farmington, Utah where he has taught 9th grade Earth Systems Science for the last twelve years. Gregory began his career with a B.S. Biology from University of Utah and chemistry minor. After teaching for a decade, Gregory enrolled and completed a Masters of Arts in Teacher Leadership and National Board Certification program through National University. Gregory is spending his 6 week summer developing lesson plans and webpages for Assateague Island National Seashore and with UMCES IAN in Cambridge, MD.
Scott Sperber is currently a science teacher at Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies in Tarzana California. He has a bachelors degree in Physical Education as well and a concentration In Earth and Marine Sciences.He has participated in many teacher development workshops and has directed students in their studies of Marine Science. He has directed lessons and teacher education for UCLA as well as at state and national science conferences. He has been a two time Teacher at Sea for NOAA.
Laura Murray is a Research Professor at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory. Her expertise and research interests include seagrass andecology, with a focus on the response of submersed vegetation to enrichment. As an educator, Murray’s primary goal has been to link scientific research with education. Her involvement in science education includes conducting professional development workshops for teachers and informal educators, providing research experiences for teachers, establishing research-based programs for K-12 students, and administrating programs that partner scientists, educators and students.
Marcus Griswold works in partnership with UMCES and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to develop new outreach programs and enact new laws and policies aimed at increasing state and local capacity to adapt to a changing climate. He completed his graduate work at the University of Florida with a focus on watershed management and landowner outreach.
Jeffrey Allenby recently graduated with his Master’s Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. Working for a partnership between the UMCES and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he administers the CoastSmart Communities Initiative and helps coastal communities identify theirto coastal hazards, including sea-level rise, and adapt to them through changes to local regulations and land use planning.