Alyson Hall

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Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
Marine Educator / Oyster House Intern
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
I am about to graduate from Stony Brook University, summa cum laude, with Departmental Honors in Environmental Biology and a minor in Marine Science! I am finishing out my honors thesis on Seagrass ecology (which was what the Facebook thing was about) which I hope with aid in seagrass meadow restoration. In the fall I will start a graduate program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) where I will keep working on seagrass and marine ecology!

Why do you think Phillips Wharf and its mission is important?

Engaging the public about environmental issues and the natural world is incredibly important to convey the importance of protecting the Chesapeake Bay! Without places and programs like Phillips Wharf, there may be no community-level education about the environment.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

I learned a lot about my own work ethic as well as how to better communicate science and scientific information to a diverse range of audiences.

Can you share a story about an event or a moment when you felt like Phillips Wharf made a difference for someone?

During my farthest trip on the Fish-Mobile to Baltimore. It felt as if we were reaching new audiences and they had the most excitement as everything aboard was really new and fun for everyone.

Since your time at Phillips Wharf, what have you done? Share with us some of the neat experiences you’ve had since you left.

I started my senior year at SBU. I began my senior thesis with Dr. Bradly Peterson's Seagrass Ecology Lab with PhD student Alyson Lowell. I also rather missed helping educate so I became a TA for my university's Oceanography class. I attended a Public Policy conference to learn more about how scientific data interplays with public policy. Mostly school things 🙂

Making a donation to our #GivingTuesdayNOW campaign means supporting education!  The funds used from this campaign will allow us to adapt our education programs so that we may continue to offer interactive environmental education experiences.

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Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,

 

Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center