Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network
Maria joined MarineGEO and the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network in 2015 as the program manager. In this broad role, she is responsible for program governance and execution, financial planning and administration, fellowship and internship coordination, partnership development, and outreach. By collaborating with scientists, technicians, curators, educators, and administrative staff across the Smithsonian and partners spanning the globe, Maria works to grow and shape MarineGEO and facilitate excellence in networked research.
Prior to joining MarineGEO, Maria coordinated informal science education programs for five years in the Office of Education at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she also served as a 2010 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Maria holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, where she studied marine and estuarine ecology and zoology. She also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland—College Park, where she researched the evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrate populations using genomic tools, field experiments, and modeling. Prior to graduate school, Maria worked as a research assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratory, using bioinformatics to study comparative functional genomics of a bacterium used for bioremediation.