Profiles of
Black Marine Scientists

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De'Marcus Robinson

Alycia works on a boat "Don’t let doubt take you away from your dreams. Swim through the ocean currents until you reach your dream paradise."

Kolisa Yola Sinyanya

Kolisa in the lab Favorite Publication: Sinyana (2019) How microscopic ocean organisms and the earth’s temperature are linked.

"The world awaits our greatness.”

Alycia J. Smith

Alycia works on a boat Favorite Publication: Jonge et al. (2020) Abyssal food-web model indicates faunal carbon flow recovery and impaired microbial loop 26 years after a sediment disturbance experiment.

Alycia is a PhD Student at Heriot-Watt University in the UK studying seafloor biogeochemistry and ecosystem processes in an area of the Pacific Ocean earmarked for polymetallic nodule mining.

"We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." — Whoopi Goldberg

Nicola Smith

Nicola on a boat

Favorite Publication: Smith & Côté (2019) Multiple drivers of contrasting diversity-invasibility relationships at fine spatial grains.

Nicola Smith is a postdoctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University in BC, Canada. She studies biological invasions in the oceans, particularly on coral reefs.

"The journey to becoming a marine scientist is long and hard, but it is also fun and rewarding if you're open to new experiences. Plus, the best part is that you rack up a lot of odd skills and bizarre field stories that make great ice breaker comments at events where you feel out of place."