Jake Martin is originally from Georgia, where we was exposed to marine science at early age on Georgia’s beautiful barrier islands. After completing degrees in journalism and history, Jake began his career in informal education, working in summer camps and The University of Georgia’s 4-H Environmental Education program. In 2010, he earned his MEd from the University of Georgia and continued to work throughout the southeast as an environmental educator, focusing primarily on coastal ecology. In 2011, Jake spent the spring and summer researching nesting loggerhead turtles on Jekyll Island, Georgia, before returning to education the following year.
Prior to joining the Education Department at Mote, Jake taught middle school science at St. Andrew's School in Savannah, Georgia, where he gained an appreciation for the various ways in which research is performed and interpreted in the classroom. Throughout his career, Jake has taught a variety of outdoor subjects and activities, including kayaking, backpacking, living history and physical education. He hopes to use his experience to make the scientific research performed at Mote accessible to learners of all ages and backgrounds, and to do so in fun and exciting ways.
BA in History, Valdosta State University
MEd in Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Georgia