This month, we welcomed Mead Krówka to the REEF team as Education Coordinator. Mead is based at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida. As Education Coordinator, Mead will support and conduct REEF Ocean Explorers Programs, and coordinate community education programs such as workshops, seminars, and other outreach and tabling events.

Mead grew up in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, where he spent countless hours hiking, backpacking, and falling in love with the outdoors. He obtained his scuba certification at age 13 and has conducted hundred dives around the world. He is currently a PADI Divemaster Candidate. In May 2021, Mead graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) with degrees in environmental science and biological anthropology. His time at UNCW led to volunteer work with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and the Surfrider Foundation, as well as a research publication in the American Association for Biological Anthropology. Prior to coming to joining the REEF team, Mead was a Program Coordinator for residential marine science summer programs through Sea Turtle Camp and WB Surf Camp, where he developed educational curricula and taught marine science classes including fish identification and salt marsh ecology. In his free time, Mead enjoys traveling, reading, diving, surfing, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Mead is excited to join the REEF team and share his passion for education and conservation - and we are very excited to have him! Welcome to the REEF team, Mead!