Marie Thoms

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Professional Title
Communication Manager

What I do for Sea Grant 

  • Provide strategic communication program guidance and media relations
  • Manage Sea Grant-related communication products and services
  • Manage Sea Grant's primary and selected project websites
  • Support the director to manage Sea Grant's legislative and government affairs
  • Manage messaging and marketing for Sea Grant products
  • Editorial and scientific review of proposals
  • Annual federal reporting
  • Provide news releases on programs, projects, products, and services
  • Serve on Minnesota Sea Grant's leadership team.

Research Interests

  • Science communication
  • Public understanding of science
  • Science journalism
  • Communication science


M.S. - Professional Communication
University of Alaska Fairbanks
B.S. - Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
B.S. - Natural Resources and Environmental Communication
The Ohio State University

Outreach Projects

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC) is a three-year (2019-2022) project to create a regionwide group to foster relevant, science-based initiatives that support aquaculture industries. Credit: L. Angradi.

The Aquaculture Market Study is a three-year (2020-2023), $250,000 project led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program that was created to determine the potential for a sustainable food-fish aquaculture industry in Minnesota. was developed to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured Stories

The Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative, led by Minnesota Sea Grant, hosted a Great Lakes aquaculture seafood booth at the annual NOAA Sustainable Seafood Celebration in Washington D.C. in June 2023.

News Releases

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and the Minnesota Aquaculture Association will host the

Staff from Minnesota Sea Grant Fisheries and Aquaculture Program will be presenting recent and ongoing projects that addres