Stefan Moss is a Bahamian-American environmental scientist and educator. As a scientist, he worked in the public sector on UN-related projects in The Bahamas including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and assisted in the completion of the Bahamas National Implementation Plan for POPs. Additionally, he cowrote the 2003 Bahamas National Invasive Species Strategy and the Layman's Guide to Alien Invasive Plant Species in the Bahamas. In the private sector, he applied his experience in environmental toxicology to work on soil and groundwater remediation projects in the United States for Fortune 500 companies such as Exxon Mobil and BP, and in The Bahamas for the construction of the luxurious Bahamar resort.
Moss completed graduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and his work, supported by the Tennessee Aquarium, explored the presence of PCBs, PBDEs and organochlorine pesticides in the Tennessee River. His thesis included the development of curriculum materials for middle and high school students in Hamilton County, sparking an interest in place-based education and citizen science. From 2015-2020, Moss served as adjunct professor of Environmental Science at Georgia State University, and also held an academic appointment at Georgia Military College. In 2014, he launched The Moss Group as a platform for youth mentorship, environmental education and stewardship. Stefan currently serves as a K-12 Science Educator at Whitefield Academy in Georgia. and consults with public and private organizations such as the U.S National Park Service, U.S Forest Service, Greening Youth Foundation, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
In 2018 Stefan created the Saltwater Underground Railroad Experience, a Google Earth project that retraces the steps of freedom seekers in the southeastern states in the early 19th century. The project follows their journey from slave plantations, coastal fortifications and maroon communities to The Bahama Islands, where they developed sustainable communities that still exist today. Inspiration for the project came from visits to numerous national and state parks in the southeast, where stories of an "Underground Railroad" going south to Florida and beyond were told. Utilizing interactive maps, peer reviewed articles and newspaper clippings, the project dives headfirst into Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and sustainable communities, but more importantly, the stories of the brave men and women who risked their lives in search of freedom.
Aside from his scientific and sustainability pursuits, Stefan is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. His songs explore themes of spirituality, philosophy and environmentalism, crafted at his home studio in metro Atlanta.
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