Michiko Martin is the Director of Conservation Education for the US Forest Service and leads efforts to develop an environmentally literate citizenry to sustain our Nation’s forests and grasslands and to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.
Prior to joining the US Forest Service, Michiko served for twelve years in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as the National Education Coordinator and, later, the Director of Education, Outreach & New Media, where she directed the education and outreach programs for the National Marine Sanctuary System, a network of thirteen marine sanctuaries and one coral reef ecosystem reserve. Michiko also served as a meteorologist and oceanographer for the United States Navy for twelve years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and decorated with three Navy Commendation Medals. In this capacity, she directed the daily operations of a unit providing environmental support to naval forces operating from Okinawa, Japan; assisted in the operation of global atmospheric and oceanic models at the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, California; and taught undergraduate oceanography and meteorology courses to midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, where she was recognized as one of the best instructors at the college.
Michiko has a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Troy State University, and a Masters of Science in Oceanographic Engineering jointly awarded from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She is an active member of various professional organizations including Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, the National Marine Educators Association, the American Meteorological Society, The Oceanography Society and the U.S. Naval Institute.