Annie Fagan began at GMRI in September 2019 as an event coordinator for Modeling Change, an interactive educational experience that invites adult learners to explore the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine and its fisheries. In December of 2019, she transitioned into her role as an educator. This work has her diving into the Gulf of Maine with 5th and 6th graders, helping them to collect and interpret data to answer critical questions about the future of Maine's waters.
Annie earned her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College, where she studied abroad in Rome, Costa Rica, and the Cayman Islands. Her undergraduate thesis took her back to the temperate dry forests of Costa Rica, where she investigated periphyton communities across a land-use gradient.
Annie then spent several years in a variety of colorful jobs, including as a lab technician studying cyanobacterial blooms in the lakes of New Hampshire, an assistant manager at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in the White Mountains, and a deckhand aboard the educational tall ship Harvey Gamage in Cuba and Florida.
Most recently, Annie has thoroughly enjoyed working as an instructor for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and the Florida Keys. She is a licensed USCG captain, an American Red Cross Lifeguard Trainer, a SCUBA certified Open Water Diver, and a Wilderness First Responder. Annie was born and raised on the coast of Maine and is proud to call Portland her home along with her partner and their dog. When she’s not working, you can find Annie running, swimming, cooking up a storm, or curled up with a good book.