Tune in weekly to our virtual series “Seventeen Minutes of Science” every Tuesday at 11am PST / 2pm ET where we go live on Facebook with a new guest each week to talk about how science and biotechnology is woven into their lives for (you guessed it) 17 minutes!
This week on 17 Minutes of Science: Spreading Diversity and Inclusion in Science Through Sharks with Melissa Cristina Márquez.
Melissa Cristina Márquez is a marine biologist in Perth Australia, and her work focuses on the behavior, ecology and conservation of Chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras). She’s the founder of The Fins United Initiative, an organization focused on the education and conservation programming for Chondrichthyans. They’ve connected with youth-serving organizations and schools in all 50 USA states as well as over 12 countries. She’s also a freelance writer for Forbes and hosts a podcast (ConCiencia Azul) where she interviews Spanish-speaking marine scientists, conservationists, grad students, and photographers. In addition to everything previously mentioned, she also has authored a children’s series that will be hitting shelves in early 2021.
Please note: Due to the time differences, this event was pre-recorded. Melissa’s video feed was not working, but she shared with us some wonderful pictures to use instead. Enjoy!