Marie Thoms

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

This project seeks to determine the potential for a sustainable food-fish aquaculture industry in Minnesota.

This project seeks to develop producer-scale methods for raising Yellow Perch fish from egg to market size.

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. was developed to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming Events

Media Mentions

News Releases

This is one of several food-fish aquaculture projects led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program.

Duluth, Minnesota - This notice invites you to participate in the four-year review of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program by the National Sea Grant Office.