Program Coordinator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Specialization: 
Marine Debris, Coastal Resiliency, Aquatic Invasive Species, Ecosystem Based Management
Phone: 
440-853-2628
Biography: 

Jill Bartolotta is the Ohio Sea Grant College Program program coordinator for Lake and Ashtabula counties. She works with communities to conduct outreach and education about Lake Erie, identify community needs in regards to research, funding, or scientific expertise, develop partnerships to foster a collaborative approach to management of natural resource issues, and bring science into the decision-making process at the individual and community level. 

Her areas of focus include experiential environmental education, marine debris, wildlife ecology, climate change impacts on coastal communities, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, engagement of relevant stakeholders, contextual mapping, and use of science in the decision-making process. Jill offers formal and informal education opportunities for a variety of audiences on topics such as marine debris, nutrient loading, shoreline processes, and aquatic invasive species. Other learning opportunities include field trip presentations and beach cleanups.

Jill earned a dual B.S in wildlife ecology and outdoor education with a minor in marine biology from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. She continued her studies at UNH by earning a M.S. in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management in 2015.

She holds certifications in Basic SCUBA from NAUI, Leave No Trace Trainer from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Ohio Boating Education Course from the ODNR-Division of Watercraft, and Level 1 QDC/HWP Training from Ohio EPA.

Expertise/Specializations

  • Marine Debris
  • Experiential Environmental Education
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Ecosystem Based Management
  • Coastal Resiliency
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Professional Memberships and Committees

  • Mentor Marsh Board of Management
  • Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Advisory Council
  • Lake Erie College Environmental Science Advisory Board
  • National Marine Educators Association: Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Sciences Chapter
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
  • Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi: Alpha Eta Chapter