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Brad Tanner

Brad Tanner graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a B.A. in Environmental Science. While working on his academic degree at UNC Wilmington, he also worked in the Education Dept. at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Later, Brad obtained a Masters Certificate in Informal Science Education from the University of South Florida.

Brad has been the Senior School Programs Coordinator with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Fl. since 2004.

Before employment with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, he was the Education Director for Carolina Coastal Adventures, an outdoors adventure/education company. That role enabled him to design, teach, and evaluate many scientific and educational field programs.  He enjoyed teaching people the skills needed to kayak and identify/study aquatic life in the Cape Fear, NC region.

Brad has been with Mote Marine Laboratory for over 14 years. He assists with many scientific and educational oriented projects in his employment with Mote’s scientific marine research and outreach conservation projects.  He creates in- house programs for students and manages many of Mote Marine’s educational programs. 

His work has resulted in extensively traveling worldwide with Dr. Eugene Clark (Mote’s Founder) On four research excursions to Indonesia; he studied the habits and the habitat of a newly identified fish species.  Brad’s movie of these Indonesian research excursions has become a popular presentation precursor and won Honorable Mention at the BLUE Ocean International Film festival. On another occasion in Andros, Bahamas he studied and recorded Garden Eel behavior and habitat. During the summer of 2014 he traveled to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific for yet another oceanic research project on the nesting patterns of the Oceanic Triggerfish.

Brad regularly assists with diving excursions and the longest running bottlenose dolphin study in world; one that is conducted in Sarasota Bay.  He has interacted with and studied Risso’s Dolphins, and many other ocean species, visiting Mote’s Hospital, as well as with reptile species such as the endangered leatherback sea turtles in rehabilitation in Mote’s Rehabilitation Hospital.

As a volunteer, he has assisted with the turtle watch in his region, walking the local beaches to protect turtle egg clutches against predators and collect scientific data.

He has co- authored a Marine Science Laboratory Manual, published by McGraw Hill, as a clinical marine ecology education textbook.  He has also created a Seashell Identification Guide for use by teachers. 

Brad has been a frequent presenter at many national and Florida conferences on effective marine education practices and the translation of scientific research data for school programs uses for greater student and adult learning enhancement.

In his civic and community involvement, he serves as the Executive Director for the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) and is a Past-President of that group. For the past 4 years, he has been a member-volunteer on the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Citizen Advisory Council, a group formed to provide environmental protection to the Sarasota Bay and its wildlife.