Person: Manuel “Oscar” Almacen

Manuel “Oscar” Corpus Almacen is a graduate student from CalState Los Angeles pursuing his master’s in biology. Born in Manila Philippines, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 2006. He graduated from CalState in 2023 with his bachelor’s degree in microbiology. He joined the lab of Dr. Gustavo Ramírez during the summer … Continued

Person: Fiorella Vásquez Fallas

Title and Institution: Research Scientist, Center for Research on Microscopic structures (CIEMic), University of Costa Rica Fiorella Vásquez-Fallas is a marine biologist. She has an B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Costa Rica, and she is coursing a Lic. in Zoology at the same institution. She recently began to work in the Center for … Continued

Person: Amanda Sutherland

Amanda Sutherland is a mechanical engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She works with various subsea vehicles and scientific instrumentation in many capacities, including design work, testing, and at-sea operations. She has a degree in Engineering with a Concentration in Robotics from Olin College.

Person: Maria Figueroa

Maria Cristina Figueroa is a Marine Geochemist and Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Her research interests revolve around understanding the complexities of redox processes … Continued

Person: Jake Tan

Jake Tan is a PhD student in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. His professional experience and research interests span cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and marine conservation. He earned his MSc in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2020, where he utilized deep learning and other … Continued

Person: Jenny Woodman

Jenny Woodman is the Science Communication Manager for Schmidt Ocean Institute. She spent several years covering ocean health and technology for NASA and IEEE Earthzine, where she was lucky enough to join several scientific expeditions at sea. Woodman experienced seafloor mapping, magical wildlife sightings in National Marine Sanctuaries, a little bit of seasickness, and exploring … Continued

Person: Elsa Salazar

Elsa Salazar is an observer from the Ecuador’s Oceanographic Institute of the Navy (INOCAR).

Person: Misha Vallejo Prut

Misha Vallejo Prut ( Ecuador, 1985) is a visual artist and audio-visual storyteller whose work straddles the boundary between documentary and art. His main interests lie in the portrayal of the lost person and the lost place with a special emphasis on the banal everyday life within Latin America. With an MA in Documentary Photography … Continued

Person: Nathalia Tirado

From the time her family travelled to the islands in the 1980s Nathalia Tirado has never stopped admiring and learning about the beautiful place that is Galapagos and has always been passionate about the sea. She is a Galapagos local who, from the age of 16, became involved as a school volunteer in the marine … Continued