Melissa Heres


Waterfront Assistant


B.S. in Marine Biology
College of Charleston (SC, USA)

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Melissa moved from Germany to the state of Georgia at the age of 8, and later moved to South Carolina. After some convincing from her brother, she became certified to dive in high school and soon fell in love with the reefs off of Florida. Melissa first learned about corals in detail while studying abroad in the British Virgin Islands with the MANTA program during the summer of 2016, where she researched the prominence of disease across various local reefs. During the summer of 2018, she first became an intern with Coral Restoration Foundation and got a taste of coral restoration and hands on conservation work. During her final year of college, Melissa worked as a Divemaster and as shop staff with Carolina Dive Locker and furthered her diving experience by teaching and assisting with courses. After graduating with a BS in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston in May of 2019, she returned to restoration work and outreach as the Broward County Intern with CRF. While not diving, Melissa enjoys traveling, surfing, and simply spending time outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the SFS team in South Caicos and looks forward to combining education and science to help students find their right path in marine science and conservation.