Shirley Wicker, Director of the Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Shirley, originally hailing from New Jersey, joined the Hatteras Island Ocean Center team in March of 2020 after having served as a volunteer.  As the director, her primary mission is to provide educational opportunities for Hampden-Sydney College students and to develop environmental programming and stewardship opportunities for the Hatteras Island community and tourists. Shirley trains and provides leadership for all Ocean Center interns and volunteers and helps students develop their career goals while educating the public on the unique biological and historical characteristics of Hatteras Island, and in the daily operations of a non-profit organization.  Shirley graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in anthropology in 1980.  A life long citizen scientist, Shirley has lived and worked in New York, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania with her husband Gordon.  The Wickers have been visiting Hatteras yearly since 1988.  They have three daughters, two are registered nurses in Philadelphia and one is a PhD candidate in environmental sciences in Finland.

Email:  info@hioceancenter.org

Phone:  (252) 564-9575

Physical Address: 

H-SC Ocean Center, LLC
57204 NC-12
Hatteras, NC 27943

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U.S. Mail:

H-SC Ocean Center, LLC
P.O. Box 276
Hatteras, NC 27943

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