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Tracey McKenzie was a dedicated marine scientist and a natural leader and mentor who generously shared her knowledge and expertise with young and old alike.  Tracey received her Masters Degree in Marine Zoology at University of Rhode Island in 1989.  She then worked for NOAA/National Marine Fisheries, spending much of her time on the development of their Northeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  After many years in the private sector, as a principal in Seattle, WA-based environmental engineering firms, Tracey returned to public service as a Biologist and Natural Resources Manager for the Environmental Division at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, CT.  While at “SUBASE New London”, she managed environmental aspects of many projects and was instrumental in helping SUBASE near its cleanup goal to achieve removal from the Superfund National Priorities List. As Natural Resources Manager, Tracey oversaw multiple efforts protecting natural resources on the base including Migratory Bird and Marine Mammal Surveys.  She always looked forward to their annual “Meet Your Navy Day” events, introducing visitors to the biological wonders of the Thames River and surrounding wetlands. 

Marine science—marine mammals, marine wildlife and wetlands preservation and protection—was Tracey’s passion and the focus of both her educational and professional life.  Tracey was a gifted, outgoing and hard-working woman with a big heart.  This memorial fund has been established to enable young people, who might not otherwise be able to afford it, the opportunity to be introduced to marine science through Project Oceanology’s summer camp.  Tracey would be honored to know that her legacy might engage students and inspire a new generation of marine scientists. 

Thank you in advance for considering honoring Tracey by donating to Project Oceanology. Project Oceanology’s mission is to nurture interest and inspire enthusiasm for science and our planet's marine environment. Your donation will help us provide a student with meaningful, fun summer camp experience at Project Oceanology!

You may donate any amount by clicking on the donate button below, or mailing a check to the address below.

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Checks should be made out to the Interdistrict Committee for Project Oceanology and mailed to:

Project Oceanology

1084 Shennecossett Road

Groton, CT  06340

Please include the General Donation form with your gift.

Project Oceanology acknowledges all donations received, and Tracey's family would like to acknowledge your donation to this memorial fund. By donating, you are authorizing your contact information to be provided to Tracey's family.

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