Bronwen Rice


Bronwen Rice Ms. Rice is National Coordinator for the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This competitive grant program is based at the NOAA Office of Education and funds outdoor experiential environmental education in schools across the United States. NOAA's mission is threefold: to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. The NOAA Office of Education works to advance education related to the mission through scholarships, competitive grants and other partnerships.

Ms. Rice joined NOAA in 2008 as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow. Before that, she spent two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa, where she worked for a community-based marine protected area. This experience led to an understanding of the importance of working within social and cultural frameworks when trying to motivate the public to respond to complex environmental challenges, an interest that is well-matched to her work in education at NOAA. She holds a master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s in biology from New College of Florida.