From the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum:
Dr. John Leader recently joined the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum as Director of its Environmental Center. Dr. Leader grew up on the waters, marshes and forests around Perch Creek in Cecil County. He earned his undergraduate degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maryland. He studied at Oregon State University and then the University of Florida for a PhD in wetland biogeo-chemistry. While he has spent most of his career as a science educator, he has worked briefly in other fields associated with the Chesapeake Bay environs, and with all age groups, professional scientists, and the general public. His other activities have included kayaking, canoeing, crabbing and fishing, as well as working on a skipjack dredging oysters, and briefly as mate on a towboat. John is passionate about the natural resources, people, and history of the Chesapeake Bay. He is experienced in fund raising and grant writing, outreach and organizational skills, and staff training. His pursuits have taken him around the country and overseas; he recently returned to Cecil County with his wife Lesley and sons Ben and Oliver. We warmly welcome John to the Havre de Grace Museum and Environmental Center.