Megan Cook

Public Speaker, Explorer, and STEM Program Manager in Friday Harbor, Washington

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Megan is a stand-out communicator, explorer, scientist, and program developer working across marine research, exploration, storytelling, and education to raise science literacy and deepen ocean interest. She excels in at-sea operational, leadership, research, and presenting roles to bring science awareness, STEM career-readiness, and inspiring curiosity to the next generation of explorers of any age.

Megan manages Ocean Exploration Trust and Exploration Vessel Nautilus' suite of at-sea and onshore education programs and partnerships. She proudly brings together innovative partners in the ocean realm, mentor emerging talent in STEM fields, and inspire our next generation of young explorers. She travels frequently on expedition missions at sea and as a public speaker to bring ocean exploration discoveries to students and deliver real-world-research focused professional development for K-20 educators. She is passionate about and always looking to improve in her abilities to help the staff, program participants, and contractors of OET (called the Corps of Exploration) accurately and passionately communicate science and technology stories from sea.

Megan's international career has bridged scientific research, ocean education, conservation campaigns, expedition planning, and digital media. Her communication talent is grown from a broad technical operations expertise. A science extrovert, she loves helping people fall into fascination with our planet and using technology to share ocean stories and introduce exploration to new audiences.

Beyond her training in biological field research, Megan has followed her interests through the ocean world as a submarine copilot, SCUBA professional, freediving trainer, invasive species wrangler, undersea garbage woman, writer, and public speaker. She is a proud alumna of Oregon State University with a degree in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in marine biology. In 2012, she received North America's only Rolex Scholarship to travel around the world learning side-by-side with expert mentors from maritime industries, marine research, conservation, and media. These varied experiences provided a launch to pivot her path toward connecting more people with the ocean.

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  • Work
    • Ocean Exploration Trust
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology
    • Oregon State University
    • James Cook University
    • Sea Education Association