Please join SCUBAnauts Intl in welcoming our 4 new Board Members…
Dr. Teresa Greely provides expertise in the areas of biological oceanography, ecological physiology, marine fishes, and ocean science education. She has broad research interests which encompass teaching and training about the ocean sciences in three areas: graduate and undergraduate education, teacher education, and ocean literacy amongst youth. She currently coordinates four education programs: The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), the In-service Teacher Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the National Ocean Science Bowl’s regional Spoonbill Bowl competition, and the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships.
In addition to teaching natural sciences and science education courses, Dr. Greely, also developed a series of graduate courses focused on teaching and communicating ocean sciences. Programs and courses are designed to teach science parallel to the way science is practiced in a research setting: courses are inquiry based, experiential, and learner guided.
Dr. Greely’s current research encompasses Ocean Literacy and reasoning about ocean issues by determining the influence of content, experience, and morality. The objective is to determine what youth around the world know about the ocean, what their attitudes are about ocean stewardship, and what they think about ocean issues.
Keith Kolasa has served as volunteer scientist for SNI since 2009 and is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He is a biologist with 26 years of experience in freshwater and marine resource management, including experience in water quality monitoring, water quality enhancement and lake restoration, natural system restoration, GIS mapping and establishment of Minimum Flows and Levels. As a native to Hernando County and having managed the seagrass mapping project of Florida’s Nature Coast, he is knowledgeable of the marine systems of this region, providing guidance to SNI for selection of underwater monitoring sites. He serves as a USCG licensed boat captain and science advisor working on independent research projects for SNI.
Laura Morris has been an active parent within SNI since 2014. She began Scuba diving while in college and has renewed her passion with an active role in SNI that has provided her the opportunity to share it with her son, Zack. Currently, she is providing support within SNI as the St. Petersburg Chapter President and also as a Grant Writer.
She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Biology and is currently working on a Master’s in Restoration Ecology from the University of Florida. She has worked as an Ecologist throughout Florida for over 20 years and has a broad background in freshwater wetlands and wildlife. Currently she is a Reclamation Supervisor with Mosaic.
Robert M. (Mike) Waugh has actively participated in SNI since he and his son, Connor joined the organization in 2006, when it was still the “SCUBA Scouts.” Mike has progressed up the leadership ladder becoming the founding president of the Tarpon Springs Chapter and then evolving into dive leadership as a Dive Master and Chapter Safety Officer. He eventually became a NAUI Dive Instructor, DAN Instructor and AAUS certified science diver. He was appointed as the corporate SNI Dive Safety Officer and Chairman of the Dive Control Board in 2015. His son, Connor achieved the rank of MasterNaut. Connor is currently attending the University of Central Florida pursuing a degree in Character Animation. In addition to supporting SNI, Mike and his wife Katie, have been running Pinellas County Toys for Tots for the last four years.
A ten-year veteran and former Staff NCO in the United States Marine Corps, Mike secured a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida. Since leaving the Marine Corps, Mike has almost 30 years in the electronic manufacturing and service fields, working for companies such as Compaq Computer, Honeywell, Jabil and Flextronics. He is currently a Sr. Director of Business Development for Flextronics Global Services and Solutions.