Simona is a research assistant for the California Heritage Climate Vulnerability Index project in collaboration with the CA State Historic Preservation Office. She earned her MAS degree from Scripps Oceanography’s Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program where she used the tools of phenomenology, discourse analysis, and the artform of printmaking to conceptualize two case studies of environmental justice: hurricane impacts in Puerto Rico, and the necessity of anti-racism within conservation. Previously, she worked seasonally as a field assistant for various ecology and geology research teams, for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger, and on tall ships and catamarans as a marine naturalist and sailing educator. Some of her favorite memories include sailing across the Pacific Ocean on a brigantine, learning from an Iñupiat elder while soaking in tundra-surrounded hot springs in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, and floating aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity aircraft. She also loves gardening and bachata dancing.