Marine Debris Program Welcomes New Team Members
February 15, 2021 — In January, the Marine Debris Program welcomed two new members to the Communications Team.
Neil McCoy joined as the Digital Communications Specialist and Alexandria Brake as the Education Specialist. Neil is a visual designer and science communicator who specializes in creating web content and digital materials for science education, research and outreach. He's spent a lot of time working in university science departments and has experience collaborating with researchers, educators, and students to design and build engaging science content for broad audiences. He will focus on creating and managing digital content and developing visual materials for the MDP, including blogs, web content, presentations and other materials that communicate effectively with a broad range of technical and non-technical audiences.
Alexandria graduated with a degree in English from the University of Maryland in 2014 and graduated in May 2020 from the University of Pennsylvania's Environmental Studies program, focused on Education and Advocacy. In 2016, Alexandria entered a faith-based service program that took her to Philadelphia, where she spent four years as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher at St. James School, a small Episcopal school. She will focus on producing and managing publications and educational content for the MDP, supporting key initiatives, and coordinating and supporting education-focused working groups.
For more information, please contact Emma.Tonge@noaa.gov.