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Chris Snyder

University of Southern Missiassippi, Marine Education Center
Director
Ocean Springs, MS
Chris was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. His early life along the north central the coast of Gulf of Mexico, instilled in him a deep respect for the marine environment and a strong sense of place that has led to a life long career based on personal responsibility and stewardship of these precious natural resources. He received a B. S. degree in Marine Biology and a M.S. in Workforce Training and Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has previously held the positions Marine Education and Media Specialist at the Marine Education Center, Co-Director of GCRL’s Summer Field Program and Public Information Officer for GCRL.

Over a 30-year career, he has developed and implemented conservation and resource protection regulations, conducted public information campaigns, produced media tools and participated in hands-on educational programs focused on Mississippi’s coastal habitats and the animals that call them home. Over the past several years, Chris has headed the efforts to design and build a new marine education and outreach center in Ocean Springs. The MEC reaches over 10,000 students, teachers and residents annually with hands-on experiential STEM-based educational programs.