My time at the Center for Marine Resource Studies…not only gave me the educational background and research experience to pursue jobs in the marine conservation field but also confidence in knowing that I could work and live abroad.
SFS PROGRAM: Marine Resource Studies | Turks and Caicos Islands | Fall 2012
HOME SCHOOL WHILE AT SFS: Western Washington University
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
What is your favorite SFS memory?
One of my favorite memories was when a fellow student discovered a turtle nest on the beach while on a run. We all piled in the SFS vans with the interns and hurried over. When we got there, baby turtles were coming out of the sand and heading to the ocean. We were able to watch this incredible miracle and help a few turtles navigate their way to the next phase in their life. This was also the first time in many years that an active turtle nest was found on South Caicos and this discovery kicked off a research project to monitor South Caicos beaches and other nearby keys for active turtle nests.
What are you up to now?
At the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, my team and I work with scientists, policy makers, and NGOs to advocate for the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world. I work on several campaigns in South America and the Pacific regions.
How did SFS help you in your career path?
My time at the Center for Marine Resource Studies was pivotal to where I am today. It not only gave me the educational background and research experience to pursue jobs in the marine conservation field but also confidence in knowing that I could work and live abroad.
What advice would you give to a prospect SFS student?
Get outside of your comfort zone! Life on South Caicos was very different from life on a college campus but the times that I was challenged with new experiences were the times that were the most rewarding.
Recommend a great book that had an influence on how you view the environment.
The Unnatural History of the Sea by Dr. Callum Roberts. This is a fascinating read that goes back through the ages and recounts the damage humans have done to our ocean over time and refutes the idea that our ocean resources are endless.
Describe a favorite spot in the great outdoors for exploring and reflection.
Living in Washington, DC, I’m unfortunately not as close to the ocean as I would like. Thankfully, my backyard is Rock Creek Park with miles of trails to run or hike on!