The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has hired Melissa Schneider as its new communications coordinator.
She will be responsible for providing overall public relations, publicity, educational media and communication services for MASGC. She is a parttime addition to the administrative office, located at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs.
“She brings strong communication skills that will translate into a better understanding of the role and value scientific research has in addressing coastal challenges,” said LaDon Swann, director of MASGC.
Schneider has eight years of experience in print journalism. She has worked at the Sun Herald in Gulfport, the Ocean Springs Record in Ocean Springs and the Biloxi-D’Iberville Press in Biloxi. She most recently was a staff writer for The Berkeley Independent in Moncks Corner, S.C., where her crime reporting earned her the Best of the Best Award for beat reporting in the S.C. Press Association 2005 Newspaper Contest. She was named the best beat reporter in the state.
Schneider is a returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, who served as a high school English teacher in Lithuania. She also has experience in technical writing. A 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish and has a minor in professional writing.
“I am looking forward to learning about Sea Grant’s research, education and outreach programs,” she said. “There are countless ways this agency works to help coastal environments and the people who depend on them. I hope to raise awareness about Sea Grant projects and how scientists are working for the public.”
Schneider lives in Ocean Springs.