Thoms Joins University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Marie Thoms has joined Minnesota Sea Grant as the program's Public Relations and Communications Specialist. Minnesota Sea Grant is a University of Minnesota and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnership committed to delivering science-based solutions that address Minnesota's coastal challenges.
Thoms will work with Sea Grant and university staff, media, the public, special interest groups and others to ensure that information about Sea Grant's aquatic science, events and opportunities is shared broadly in a timely and effective way.
"We are especially delighted that Marie was daring enough to leap from Fairbanks to Duluth to join our staff," said John Downing, Director of the Minnesota Sea Grant Program. "Given the ideas she and the rest of the staff have already discussed, I suspect she will hit the ground running."
Thoms, a native of Ohio, spent the last 13 years as the Communication and Web Manager at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. "I thoroughly enjoyed my work, my colleagues, and living in Alaska," said Thoms, "but combining my passion for science and communication at Minnesota Sea Grant was an irresistible opportunity."
Thoms earned an MA in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a BS in Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University and a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Communication from Ohio State. Along the way, she has worked in the newsroom of a daily paper, state natural resource and parks departments, and with the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Red Cross.
Posted on August 31, 2016