I am from Venezuela and Panama and was lucky to grow up surrounded by the tropical rainforest and beautiful Caribbean and Pacific beaches. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to nature. While living in Panama, my favorite hobby was mountain biking, which allowed me to be close to nature and also to see how human actions can affect it negatively.
I earned a BSc in Environmental Science at Florida State University, and I’m now working on an MSc in Climate Change at the University of Copenhagen. Through my studies, I’ve had the opportunity to work with marine biologists and oceanographers and to do research, fieldwork, and lab work. Before coming to GRID, I conducted research on plastic origins and accumulation in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
As part of the Marine Litter Team at GRID, I am working on a desktop study on marine litter for the western African coastline. I had the privilege of participating in marine litter workshops in Windhoek, Namibia, and Rabat, Morocco, to gather information for this study. This experience allowed me to be part of conversations with essential stakeholders in western African countries on our fight against plastic.