Colleen Marzec

Colleen Marzec is the Chief of Content Strategy and Development at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She joined the Museum in 2009 to manage the development and launch of the Ocean Portal, and has a background in journalism, communications, and marketing. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Nature Conservancy Magazine and has worked for organizations such as The Washington Post Express, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Park Service. She holds a degree in English from Canisius College, studied television, radio, and film at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and has taught courses in writing and journalism. Her background also includes a slew of natural history courses from the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md., and a stint as a summer naturalist along the Potomac River for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. During the big snowstorms that hit the Washington, D.C. area in February 2010, she had the good fortune to be “stuck” in Florida, and spent several extra days running along the beaches of Sarasota. In this photo, Colleen holds a Valentine for the Gulf of Mexico.

Animals and the Oil Spill: What Can You Do?

A brown pelican, the Louisiana state bird, stands mired in oil in East Grand Terre on June 3, 2010. Credit: Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana Lately we’ve been fielding questions from Smithsonian visitors...

When Art Meets Science: The Hyberbolic Crochet Coral Reef

The stunning Smithsonian Community Reef—an accompaniment to the main Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibit created by local crafters. Credit: Rebecca Bray/Smithsonian Institution The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef,” a unique...

Rainfall Patterns in Hawaii

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from Hawaii are among dozens from the U.S. and Mexico who are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local communities...

Teens Take Action on the Ocean & Climate

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from across the United States and Mexico are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local communities. They’re getting...

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Delegation

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from Alabama are among dozens from the U.S. and Mexico who are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local...

Georgia Aquarium Delegation

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from Georgia are among dozens from the U.S. and Mexico who are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local...

Cyprus Shipwreck Discovery

This over 2,000-year-old shipwreck in Mazotas, Cyprus, was discovered in 2007. The ship was loaded with wine from Chios, one of the most expensive and sought-after Greek wines in antiquity. The University of Cyprus, in...

Scientists Discover Seven New Species of Fish

Using modern genetic analysis combined with traditional examination of morphology, scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species of the...

Seven New Fish Discovered

Starksia blennies, small fish with elongated bodies, generally native to shallow to moderately deep rock and coral reefs in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans, have been well-studied for more than 100 years. It...

Five Questions for Carole Baldwin

Dr. Carole Baldwin's team discovered seven new species of fish "hiding" within three known species of a coral reef fish know as blennies. "We scientists thought we were basically done with the Caribbean–in other words we...

Smithsonian Scientist Discovers New Fish Species

Using genetic analysis combined with traditional study of morphology, Smithsonian scientist Dr. Carole Baldwin and her team discovered that what were thought to be three species of the fish are actually 10 distinct species...

Wall Chart of New Fish Species

Starksia blennies, small coral reef fish, have been well-studied for more than 100 years. But Smithsonian scientists discovered that what were thought to be three species of the fish are actually 10 distinct species from the...

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