New York State 

Marine Education Association

About Us

NYSMEA exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources within the scientific, commercial, and educational communities. We hold an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, boat trips and produce a monthly newsletter, "The Strandline", which alerts members to upcoming activities and new postings on our Web site. Our Web site also includes lesson plans, job postings, research opportunities, field trip destinations, and marine-related links.

Have you ever wondered what went on at a scuba exposition?  March 29-31 is your chance to find out while doing a good deed for your professional association.  NYSMEA is recruiting volunteers to donate a few hours of their time in exchange for access to the Beneath The Sea scuba conference.  We are going out on a limb and reserving a booth to promote marine science education and need your help.  Please volunteer to talk to attendees about us and our mission, and take turns with the other volunteers walking around and visiting other booths.  If you've done this type of thing before, you know how much fun it is!  If you haven't - take a leap of faith and find out now!  Reserve your space via our Google document by clicking this link now:

Beneath The Sea Volunteering

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A Healthy Environment For All Creatures

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To keep a healthy environment for the people in the community, and for our friends in the region's aquatic ecosystem, by supporting formal and informal aquatic education.

(BTW:  Please contact if you have the inclination to improve the audio of this video with your artistic talent and scientific knowledge.  Thank you!)

Video and Image Copyright David Stolarz, October 4, 2017. All rights reserved.

Do you want to see another example of our work impacting the community?  Click on the image for the full PDF.

Partner Events

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Bioluminescence        Coral Reefs and Bleaching

Mariana Trench and deep oceans       Water Pressure

Impact of Global Warming on Oceans


Are you a Ph.D. candidate, post-doc, or established scientist doing research on bioluminescence, coral reefs and bleaching, Mariana Trench and deep oceans, impact of global warming on oceans, and/or water pressure?  Stephanie Fins, a teacher with the Dalton School at the American Museum of Natural History, is looking to identify 6-10 scientists who are interested in being interviewed by a small group of students for about half an hour, either by Sykpe, or in person if they are local.  If you are available to speak with students, either individually or in a small group where they would ask 3-5 questions, please reach out to her at 

New York Microscopical Society meeting, Sunday February 17, 2:00 PM! 

Free and open to the public, at NYMS Headquarters, 66 Mt Prospect Avenue, Clifton, NJ, accessible from NYC and surrounding region via NJ Transit trains and buses, as well as by auto — free parking. 

NYMS Headquarters will open by noon, and will remain open through 4:30.

Featured Presentation:

How an FDA aquatic animals specialist veterinarian used microscopy to demonstrate the mechanism of  toxicity of melamine contamination in pet food and infant formula

Renate Reim w microscope

Renate Reimschuessel, VMD, PhD, works as a biologist in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Research within the Center for Veterinary Medicine. According to FDA, Reimschuessel was able to determine how melamine and related chemicals in pet food were responsible for causing kidney damage in dogs and cats. Prior to this work, scientists had rejected the idea that melamine was contaminating pet food because they thought the chemical was non-toxic.

Dr Renate Reimschuessel was nominated for a Service to America Award, designated for federal employees who make significant contributions to the safety, health and wellbeing of Americans.

Reimschuessel was also honored by U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, who placed into the Congressional Record his statement that  Dr. Reimschuessel’s research had identified the ability of nontoxic compounds to become toxic when combined, and had helped improve the way our government preserves scientific specimens. Rep. Ruppersberger lauded Dr Reimschuessel for helping to resolve an immediate crisis, and for continuing in FDA efforts to protect the U.S. food supply from tainted imports.


Renate’s mother  Dr Annemarie C Reimschuessel was NYMS’ President during part of the 1970s. We met  Annemarie again when she and Renate attended NYMS’ 2017 Winter Banquet, and Annemarie  will join us again on the 17th!

Afterward we will dine at Toros, Clifton’s excellent Turkish Restaurant, each of us at our own expense.  So that we may reserve a large enough dinner table for our convivial group, please RSVP no later than February 15: email to

We are leaving this here as a reminder for next year, and for information on the event!


Please become a member to see the newest Strandline in your email inbox, and for members-only benefits.


Members include educators from all levels; university researchers, college instructors, museum directors, aquarium staff, environmental center personnel, research scientists, laboratory technicians and those with interests in Marine Biology and Oceanography, SCUBA, fishing, boating, maritime history, folklore, archeology and the arts. 

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Participate in events from the international to the national to the regional to the local beach.  

Share a smile with new friends: cleaning the local ecosystem, sharing knowledge, attending workshops at the local conference, or traveling to the National Marine Educator's Association Annual Conference. 

Activity leads to growth.


Members embark on a journey of growth: take a first step (Join) and then another (Attend) and then another (Participate) and then another (Lead) and then another (Direct).

Our association is more than a group: it is the opportunity to take a few steps to make a positive impact on the world around us and actually make it a better place to live - all while achieving personal growth.

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The New York State Marine Education Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, including impaired vision or hearing, in its programs and activities.

NYSMEA Address:

Lisa Breslof/NYSMEA

Dept. Of Education

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

NYSMEA Phone: Lisa Breslof at 212.769.5169

NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 
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