Changing the Watch

September 11, 2006

Duties on board ship are marked by watch periods, with crew members assigned on watch for four hours at a time, then being replaced for the next watch by another crew member. COSEE Great Lakes has changed crew members for its Pennsylvania watch. Anne Danielski of Pennsylvania Sea Grant has left the region to become the Director of Education for the Future Fisherman Foundation in Alexandria, VA. Within the organization she is Program Coordinator for Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD). HOFNOD is a national program that teaches youth all the basics of safe and ethical angling and combines long-term mentoring and positive life skills with conservation education to help keep them away from drug use. Anne’s office has funding from the Department of Justice to do an urban youth fishing initiative.

We will miss Anne’s bright smile and eager contributions to COSEE Great Lakes. Her great questions and determination to learn it all kept us veteran Sea Grant educators on our toes. She dived into managing the first Lake Guardian workshop with gusto, and will be part of our photo collections and great memories of that event forever. We all wish her fair winds and following seas in her new contributions to marine and aquatic education!

The next watch is assigned to Marti Martz, who joined Pennsylvania Sea Grant in August 2005 as a Coastal Outreach Specialist. Little did she know of what lay ahead in COSEE! Marti has a degree in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and is a Master Gardener who assisted Presque Isle State Park’s plan for invasive plant control. Through her office in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, she works to connect current researchers to teachers and the general public through a monthly Visiting Scientist Lecture Series, an annual Research Symposium and summer courses. She also assists the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on projects related to native and non-native plants at Presque Isle State Park and the new Erie Bluffs State Park; and grant writing efforts. For COSEE Great Lakes she has already got her feet wet by working with teachers on curriculum review for the Greatest of the Great Lakes, and she’s working on plans for a Teachable Moment in autumn. Marti’s contact information is listed on our contact page.