Fox Island Education Center - Educator
Tenure at CBF: October 2012-Present
Education: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, bachelor's degree in Marine Science
Annie Markwith started with CBF as an educator on Fox Island in 2012, became assistant manager and then manager of Port Isobel, and has now returned to Fox as program manager.
Annie was born and raised in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Her grandfather was a working waterman, and spent many summers fishing and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. During her summer breaks from high school and college, she also worked at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA. There she assisted with a wide variety of research projects including water quality, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys, and finfish aquaculture. She also found work as an educator a the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, VA. These various summer jobs helped Annie to ultimately find her true passion: educating children and sharing her love for the Chesapeake Bay.
- Cape Eleuthera Foundation (Bahamas) internship, research assistant for the open ocean aquaculture program and helped grow and stock an offshore cage with commercially important finfish (cobia).
- Marine science educator for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR), where she taught elementary and middle school students in week long summer camps and assisted in Discovery Labs designed to educate, inform and involve the public with Bay-themed, family-friendly experiences and lifelong learning opportunities.
Favorite Quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel