Ted Wilgis

Coastal Scientist | Marine Debris Program Director

Born in Baltimore, Ted grew up in Eastern Europe while his parents served in American Embassies forthe U.S. State Department. Family in Maryland and summers in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware connected him to the ocean and the bay. Ted came to the Federation in 1997, from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, after managing education programs and watershed planning initiatives for nine years. He has served as the Federation’s education director, Cape Fear Coastkeeper® and now as a coastal scientist. Ted coordinates large scale coastwide marine debris removal efforts, and he designs and implements oyster habitat restoration and living shoreline projects in the southern region. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from Connecticut College, and he is writing his thesis to complete the marine biology graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He, his wife and daughter live in Hampstead, and they enjoy exploring the marshes and islands of Topsail Sound.