Megan Cook

Public Speaker, Explorer, and STEM Partnership and 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. Sheproudly brings together innovative partners in the ocean realm, mentor emerging talent in STEM fields, and inspire our next generation of young explorers. Megan designs, implements, and assesses STEM education and workforce development programs traveling nationwide to deliver high-quality, research-based professional development for K-20 educators.

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 current career, Megan has a professional biological field research background and have worked as a submarine copilot, SCUBA professional, freediver, invasive species wrangler, writer, and international public speaker. She is a proud alumna of Oregon State University with a degree in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in marine biology. It is her honor to be a Mission Blue Young Explorer and the North American Rolex Scholar in 2012.

Contact Megan at megan@ with collaboration opportunities or inquiries.

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