School of Marine Science and Technology

Staff Profile

Annie Russell

Senior Marine Education Officer


Annie joined the staff at the Dove Marine Laboratory in September 2009 as their Marine Education Officer. In this role Annie teaches various aspects of Marine Biology and Marine Engineering to School pupils ages from 5yrs to 18 yrs old.

 Roles and Responsibilities

  • MaST’s Annual Careers Fair, Oceans of Opportunity
  • Annual competition – Calling all Budding Marine Scientists
  • National Science and Engineering Week Program
  • Summer Schools:   Splash Down, Smallpeice Low Carbon Challenge, Smallpeice Marine Technology Challenge and Head Start Inspire. 
  • Work Experience program for over 16-18 yr. olds.
  • Undergraduate Internship program

*Please see the outreach pages for more details

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Blyth Tall Ships Education Program:  Tall Ships and The Journey to Discover Antarctica 3 year project teaching local school children about the amazing journey of Captain William Smith, from Blyth who discovered Antarctica.  This project will have a marine heritage and marine engineering focus.
  • Newcastle, Sustain Fish Campaign, Member of advisory group.
  • European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) committee member
  • Promoting ocean literacy.
  • Developing a regional maritime curriculum
  • Informal Learning Methods

Past Projects

  • Newcastle TEDx Conference, June 2014: My Experience of how to empower young people to communicate about the marine environment
  • Royal society Partnership Grant - I’m an Alien, Get Me Out of Here
  • Facilitator of The College of Exploration’s Transatlantic Deep sea and Ocean literacy online workshop.  Linking marine educators with researchers. 
  • Regional curriculum Pilot Project
  •  Digital explorer initiative “Skye in the Classroom”.  The Skype lesson, “rocky shore ramble”, the DML outreach team offered had the highest number of web page hits, highest number of requests from teachers and highest number of lessons delivered in the entire scheme.
  • STEM Careers Project – informing Yr9/Y10 students about STEM careers via interactive workshops, industrial visits and work experience placements. 
  •  Sea Change NE and  Co-Editor of "a year in the life of the north east coast by the people that live here".
  •  Coastal Guardians Project:   working with 5 primary schools over a half term to raise awareness of the issues surrounding marine pollution.


  • MSc in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, 2012
  • PGCE in Secondary Science,  2009
  • BSc Honours Degree in Applied Marine Biology, 2002

 Informal Interests and Additional Qualifications

  • PADI Master SCUBA DIVER Trainer
  • PADI Emergency First Response Instructor
  • HSE Part IV,  SCUBA Commercial diver (Scientific and archaeological research)