Each COSEE Center is a partnership that develops strong interactions between ocean research institutions, formal education organizations, and informal education providers. Centers may have a regional focus or a national thematic mission, but all engage in catalytic activities. Each Center develops programs and educational materials that actively engage students and the public in the excitement of science. Participation in and contributions to the national COSEE Network activities are a major part of each Center's charge. For more information on an individual center, click on the links in the menu at left.


Infrastructure to further ocean literacy; educational tools; cultural context; and linkages between the impacts of coastal climate change and human activity.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Contact: Nora Deans
(907) 644-6707


Undergraduate ocean sciences course; website; connections between scientists and informal educators; K-8 whole school immersion in ocean science.

Lawrence Hall of Science
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Contact: Craig Strang
(510) 642-9809

COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico

Teacher institutes and “teacher at sea” program; workshops for informal educators and scientists; internships for minority students.

J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
703 East Beach Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: Sharon Walker
(228) 872-4211

COSEE-Coastal Trends

Increasing literacy in ocean science with a focus on understanding coastal trends through partnerships among scientists, educators and the general public.

PO Box 775
2020 Horns Point Rd
Cambridge, MD 21613
Contact: Laura Murray
(410) 221-8419

COSEE-Great Lakes

Involving Great Lakes scientists with educators in learning/teaching about the Great Lakes and their relationship to the world ocean. Fresh and Salt curriculum, workshops for teachers and scientists, involvement of Native Americans.

Ohio Sea Grant Education Program
c/o 113 Paula Circle
Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Rosanne Fortner
(910) 581-7684

COSEE-Networked Ocean World

Ocean observing systems, real time data, teacher professional development, building pathways for scientist ­ educator partnerships. Special interests of this COSEE: K-12 professional development, undergraduate and graduate education, careers, engaging scientists, ocean literacy.

IMCS Rutgers University
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Contact: Janice McDonnell
(732) 932-6555 x521

COSEE-New England

Short courses and seminars for scientists; teacher and informal educator professional development; logic model for collaborative centers.

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Contact: Dr. William Spitzer
(617) 973-6567

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities

Building and fostering learning communities among diverse stakeholders who care about ocean issues, developing models of sustainable collaborations between scientists, educators, education researchers and maritime businesses based on mutual understanding, and sharing these models with other COSEEs.

University of Washington
Box 353600
Seattle, Washington 98195-7940
Contact: Philip Bell

COSEE-Ocean Systems

Delivering effective tools and techniques to other COSEEs, helping them spread their efforts inland and to rural areas.

University of Maine
School of Marine Sciences
Darling Marine Center
193 Clark's Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Contact: Annette deCharon
(207) 563-3146 x298

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships

Integrating marine research and education for audiences that traditionally have had limited access to an understanding of the ocean.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
P. O. Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420
Contact: Jan Hodder
(541) 888-2581 x215


South Atlantic Bight-estuaries, marshes and watersheds, coastal waters, deep ocean; Coastal Legacy; South Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing system.

SC Sea Grant Consortium
287 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Contact: Lundie Spence
(843) 727-2078


Teacher professional development; online workshops; urban schools and audiences.

University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF 254
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0373
Contact: Linda Duguay
(213) 821-1335

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Florida resources web portal; secondary marine science textbook materials; statewide capacity building program.

University of South Florida
College of Education
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU162
Tampa, FL 33620-5650
Contact: Barbara Spector
(813) 974-2816