Elyse has been interested in the ocean ever since she went to SeaWorld camp at nine years old! That interest led her to complete a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology at UC San Diego. During that time, she learned from a wide array of scientists and researchers, some of whom gave her positions listening to hydrophone audio or synthesizing deep-sea worm DNA. Upon graduating, Elyse started working as a science Interpreter at the Birch Aquarium and soon after became an Instructor. There she taught ocean, earth and climate science to guests from the age of 1 to 100 on land or on sea. Elyse most recently worked for the Escondido Creek Conservancy as a Facilitator, leading groups of local children through the watershed habitat. Now in the Master of Advanced Studies, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program, Elyse is focused on coastal communities and their response to climate change impacts. She is Trinidadian and is currently working with local community partners to better understand their traditional knowledge. Elyse is overjoyed to learn more about her culture and the amazing people of Trinidad and Tobago!