Areas of Focus:
- Outdoor Environmental Education
- Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Communities
- Marine Debris
- Wildlife Ecology
- Contextual Mapping
Jill Bartolotta is the Ohio Sea Grant College Program Extension Educator for Lake and Ashtabula Counties. She works with communities to conduct outreach and education about Lake Erie, identify community needs in regards to research, funding, or scientific expertise, develop partnerships to foster a collaborative approach to management of natural resource issues, and bring science into the decision-making process at the individual and community level. Her areas of focus include outdoor environmental education, marine debris, wildlife ecology, climate change impacts on coastal communities, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, engagement of relevant stakeholders, contextual mapping, and use of science in the decision-making process.
Jill earned a dual BS in wildlife ecology and outdoor education with a minor in marine biology from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. She continued her studies at UNH by earning an MS in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management in 2015. Her knowledge in freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems, and understanding of management strategies at the local and international scale, gives Jill a unique perspective on the challenges facing coastal communities and the diversity of approaches for identifying solutions to these problems. Jill holds certifications in Basic SCUBA from NAUI, Leave No Trace Trainer from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Ohio Boating Education Course from the ODNR-Division of Watercraft, and Level 1 QDC/HWP Training from Ohio EPA.