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Environmental Public Education Office

Located on the University of Delaware's Newark campus, the Environmental Public Education Office serves as the public information and media relations center for both the UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.Rebecca Rothweiler

The Environmental Public Education Office works closely with scientists to translate complex research into engaging, easily understandable publications, websites, exhibits, audiovisuals, and online features. The staff also works closely with the print and broadcast media, the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, and other Sea Grant programs and marine institutions around the nation to extend information to the public. The office currently:

  • Maintains an online News Center, issuing press releases to local, national, and international media outlets.
  • Conducts educational outreach to children and adults.
  • Produces the e-newsletter At Sea.
  • Contributes stories to the University of Delaware's Messenger magazine, reaching more than 100,000 readers.
  • ReporterProduces the Reporter, an annual report detailing Delaware Sea Grant research and outreach activities.
  • Develops the monthly "SeaTalk" radio series, broadcast on radio stations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Helps plan, promote, and develop special exhibits for Coast Day, attracting an average of 10,000 visitors each year to the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.
  • Produces dozens of publications and distributes thousands of them each year in response to requests from the public.
  • Develops and maintains the Delaware Sea Grant website, which receives over 1 million visitors each year.

Environmental Public Education Office staff:

Katy O'Connell, Director
Office: 302-831-0566  Cell: 302-632-7315

Tammy Beeson, Art Director

Leah Dodd, Digital Outreach Specialist

Pamela Donnelly, Communications Specialist I



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CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA
Phone: 302-831-2841 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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