About 2017-12-19T12:18:57+00:00

Meet the Ocean is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on the importance of the saltwaters of our planet. Employing science, storytelling, and encounters from earth’s most remote locations, we combat environmental apathy and further understanding of how the ocean functions, in order to better protect it.

Want to learn more or get involved?

Contact Us.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President – Brian Barnes

Secretary – Thomas Szymanski

Treasurer – Cassidy O’Bryant

Lisa Kelley  •  Ashton Palmer

Nunzio Cheverez  •  Dr. Andy Szabo

PODCAST TEAM

Paul North

Producer & Host

Recognizing a need to enliven ocean education, North founded Meet the Ocean to put his background in theater, education and storytelling to good use for a cause. Working as an Undersea Specialist with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic, he films underwater from the Arctic to Antarctica, using the footage to teach audiences why the ocean matters most. When not out exploring, he hosts the MtO Podcast and speaks publicly, while producing films and art events dedicated to redefining how we educate the public on the importance of our planet’s saltwater ecosystems.

Paul North

Producer & Host

Recognizing a need to enliven ocean education, North founded Meet the Ocean to put his background in theater, education and storytelling to good use for a cause. Working as an Undersea Specialist with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic, he films underwater from the Arctic to Antarctica, using the footage to teach audiences why the ocean matters most. When not out exploring, he hosts the MtO Podcast and speaks publicly, while producing films and art events dedicated to redefining how we educate the public on the importance of our planet’s saltwater ecosystems.

Eric Wehrmeister

Media Director

Eric Wehrmeister is a natural history filmmaker from the the far western edge of Chicago. Throughout his life, he has cultivated his passion for observing and sharing experiences through the gift of sound and vision. His inspiration has always been drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as in the endlessly fascinating forms which populate it. With his degree in cinematography, Eric has worked shooting photos and promotional videos for the U.S. National Park Service. And found a career filming on several eco-tourism vessels in some of the most stunning places around the planet.

Eric Wehrmeister

Media Director

Eric Wehrmeister is a natural history filmmaker from the the far western edge of Chicago. Throughout his life, he has cultivated his passion for observing and sharing experiences through the gift of sound and vision. His inspiration has always been drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as in the endlessly fascinating forms which populate it. With his degree in cinematography, Eric has worked shooting photos and promotional videos for the U.S. National Park Service. And found a career filming on several eco-tourism vessels in some of the most stunning places around the planet.

Andrew Gettings

Editor & Producer

Andy Gettings is a composer and audio professional from Buffalo, NY. His passion for music and sound is surpassed only by his love of the natural world. Salt-water habitats hold a special place in his heart after a summer spent living in the San Juan Islands, getting to know the local Orca population. Since 2011 he has composed music and produced audio for commercials, promotional videos, podcasts and more, for clients including Portland State University and Nike. When he’s not plucking a guitar or turning knobs, he can be found at the hockey rink or in the forest.

Andrew Gettings

Editor & Producer

Andy Gettings is a composer and audio professional from Buffalo, NY. His passion for music and sound is surpassed only by his love of the natural world. Salt-water habitats hold a special place in his heart after a summer spent living in the San Juan Islands, getting to know the local Orca population. Since 2011 he has composed music and produced audio for commercials, promotional videos, podcasts and more, for clients including Portland State University and Nike. When he’s not plucking a guitar or turning knobs, he can be found at the hockey rink or in the forest.

Kelsey Anderson

Sound Design

Kelsey Anderson is a sound designer and aspiring scientist from the suburbs of Chicago. Since graduating from Columbia College, she has worked as a Video Producer for the Chicago Tribune and assisted behind the scenes on movies like “Divergent” and “Power Rangers.” Currently, Kelsey is working on her second bachelor’s degree in Biology at Northern Illinois University. When she’s not in class or capturing the perfect sound effect for the MTO podcast, you can find Kelsey discovering new music on Spotify or geeking out over stingrays.

Kelsey Anderson

Sound Design

Kelsey Anderson is a sound designer and aspiring scientist from the suburbs of Chicago. Since graduating from Columbia College, she has worked as a Video Producer for the Chicago Tribune and assisted behind the scenes on movies like “Divergent” and “Power Rangers.” Currently, Kelsey is working on her second bachelor’s degree in Biology at Northern Illinois University. When she’s not in class or capturing the perfect sound effect for the MTO podcast, you can find Kelsey discovering new music on Spotify or geeking out over stingrays.

Charlotte Fisher

Creature Feature Correspondent

Charlotte Fisher is an 11 year old, vegetarian, bookworm living in the unfortunately landlocked mountain town of Basalt, Colorado with her mom, dad and two dogs (Frankie and Otto).  She loves the ocean, animals, science, nature, travel, skiing, acting and reading. When she grows up she’d like to be a computer programmer, astrophysicist, marine biologist, Supreme Court Justice, or a Lindblad naturalist.  Charlotte is lucky enough to have an amazing grandmother who let’s her tag along on her adventures around the world. Charlotte’s favorite trip with grandma so far was when she got to snorkel with reef sharks, go grotto spelunking, and play in the current on Millennium Atoll while traveling through the South Pacific.

Charlotte Fisher

Creature Feature Correspondent

Charlotte Fisher is an 11 year old, vegetarian, bookworm living in the unfortunately landlocked mountain town of Basalt, Colorado with her mom, dad and two dogs (Frankie and Otto).  She loves the ocean, animals, science, nature, travel, skiing, acting and reading. When she grows up she’d like to be a computer programmer, astrophysicist, marine biologist, Supreme Court Justice, or a Lindblad naturalist.  Charlotte is lucky enough to have an amazing grandmother who let’s her tag along on her adventures around the world. Charlotte’s favorite trip with grandma so far was when she got to snorkel with reef sharks, go grotto spelunking, and play in the current on Millennium Atoll while traveling through the South Pacific.

Tom Szymanski

Education Coordinator

Tom Szymanski is a National Board Certified first grade teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, IL . For the past 12 years, Tom has enjoyed developing visual arts projects to complement two week, arts-integrated science units that bring the world of science to life through dance, music, acting, and art. He is a 2014 National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow and 2012 Fund for Teacher Fellow and 2012 Golden Apple Finalist, as well as a contributing teacher with Do Your P’art— an organization whose mission is to bring students from different backgrounds together to find commonality through art and global awareness. Tom has enjoyed bringing global citizenship and geographic units to life for his students from his travels to Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Antarctica and most recently, Iceland. Tom holds four masters degrees in Business, Special Education, and Education Administration and is currently working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Tom Szymanski

Education Coordinator

Tom Szymanski is a National Board Certified first grade teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, IL . For the past 12 years, Tom has enjoyed developing visual arts projects to complement two week, arts-integrated science units that bring the world of science to life through dance, music, acting, and art. He is a 2014 National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow and 2012 Fund for Teacher Fellow and 2012 Golden Apple Finalist, as well as a contributing teacher with Do Your P’art— an organization whose mission is to bring students from different backgrounds together to find commonality through art and global awareness. Tom has enjoyed bringing global citizenship and geographic units to life for his students from his travels to Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Antarctica and most recently, Iceland. Tom holds four masters degrees in Business, Special Education, and Education Administration and is currently working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Caitlyn Webster

Creative Development

As Caitlyn endeavors to both explore the ocean and share its whimsy with others, her career is multifaceted. Working internationally as a marine biologist, photographer, artist, and naturalist has taken her everywhere from the coral reef biodiversity hub of Raja Ampat to the icy asunder of Antarctica. Exposure to the inexplicable beauty and the immensity of our reliance upon the ocean has fueled a passion within her to utilize every asset in order to advance ocean awareness and generate sustainable solutions for marine conservation.

Caitlyn Webster

Creative Development

As Caitlyn endeavors to both explore the ocean and share its whimsy with others, her career is multifaceted. Working internationally as a marine biologist, photographer, artist, and naturalist has taken her everywhere from the coral reef biodiversity hub of Raja Ampat to the icy asunder of Antarctica. Exposure to the inexplicable beauty and the immensity of our reliance upon the ocean has fueled a passion within her to utilize every asset in order to advance ocean awareness and generate sustainable solutions for marine conservation.