I hail from the beautiful islands of The Bahamas with a career in the field of marine science spanning 11 years. My background has involved working as a divemaster, aquarist, research assistant and now “trash lady”. Within recent years I’ve developed a passion for studying marine plastic pollution in The Bahamas. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean in 2012 to study the Western Garbage Patch, I was inspired to return home to The Bahamas to spark a plastic pollution revolution. As such, I founded non-profit organization Bahamas Plastic Movement to find solutions to plastic pollution within my country.
Currently, I am a graduate student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada where I am pursuing my masters degree in Marine Management. My graduate research is focused on using predictive mapping as a tool for marine debris management.
At GRID-Arendal, I will be working with the experts of the Marine Litter and GIS teams to understand how plastic debris moves around The Islands of The Bahamas. This project will be modeled after a pre-existing GRID project looking at predictive mapping in the Lofoten Islands. I am so excited to be here at GRID-Arendal and look forward to learning so much from the amazing team here.