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Current and former program leaders (from left to right): Teresa Greely and Angela Lodge.

Teresa Greely

Faculty Coordinator Education & Outreach
Biological Oceanographer & Science Educator
Ph.D.,University of South Florida, 2008
Office Phone: 727.553.3921
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Areas of Interests

Dr. Greely provides expertise in the areas of biological oceanography, ecological physiology, marine fishes, and ocean science education. She has broad research interests which encompass teaching and training about the ocean sciences in three areas: graduate and undergraduate education, teacher education, and ocean literacy amongst youth. She currently coordinates four education programs: The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), the In-service Teacher Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the National Ocean Science Bowl’s regional Spoonbill Bowl competition, and the Teaching and Communication Ocean Sciences Graduate Certificate Program.

In addition to teaching natural sciences and science education courses, Dr. Greely, also developed a series of graduate courses focused on teaching and communicating ocean sciences. Programs and courses are designed to teach science parallel to the way science is practiced in a research setting: courses are inquiry based, experiential, and learner guided.

Dr. Greely’s current research encompasses Ocean Literacy and reasoning about ocean issues by determining the influence of content, experience, and morality. The objective is to determine what youth around the world know about the ocean, what their attitudes are about ocean stewardship, and what they think about ocean issues.

Ecology and physiology of oceanic and estuarine fishes, age and growth, graduate and undergraduate teaching, teacher education, ocean literacy, and communicating science.


Ocean literacy is an international issue necessary to sustain environmental, economic and human health. Ocean issues with conceptual ties to science and society have captured the attention, imagination and concern of international audiences: Global climate change, over fishing, pollution, freshwater shortages, energy and commerce. We look increasingly to the ocean for our everyday needs and sustainability.

However, a broad disconnect exists between what scientists know and the public understands about the ocean. Thus, there is a critical global need to advance ocean literacy. This book provides new metrics for ocean literacy and introduces ocean socioscientific issues (OSSI) and stewardship as essential components.

Three questions are analyzed: What teens understand about the ocean, how they feel about ocean stewardship, and how understanding and feelings are organized when reasoning about ocean socioscientific issues. The analysis should help shed light on current US ocean literacy constructs to go beyond cognitive understanding and include engaging learners in how to apply what they know through actions as citizens, stewards and consumers.


Greely, Teresa, “Ocean literacy and reasoning about ocean issues: The influence of content, experience and morality” (2008). Theses and Dissertations. Paper 271.

Greely, T. M. and Lodge, A. “Measuring Ocean Literacy: What teens understand about the ocean using the Survey of Ocean Literacy and Egament (SOLE)” American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #ED32A-08.

Greely, Teresa (2010) “Ocean Literacy and Reasoning about Ocean Issues” Lambert Academic Publishing ISBN 978-3-8383-4638-0, paperback, 240 Pages

Greely T., Lodge A., Betzer P., Pyrtle A., and Ivey S. “Broadening the Impacts of Graduate Education and Training: Contributions to Ocean Literacy & Communications Across Disciplines“

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