D’amy Steward is a Junior at Duke University double majoring in Biology with an Ecology concentration and Environmental Science with a Marine Science and Conservation concentration. D’amy is a Rachel Carson Scholar and will begin her research Fall 2018 at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, studying the ecological impacts of derelict fishing gear – resulting from ghost fishing – to improve ecosystem restoration efforts. Next summer she will intern with NOAA as a Hollings Scholar. Other research activities include: University of California San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography Marine Physical Laboratory in Dr. Terrill’s Coastal Observing Research and Development Center; University of San Diego, Reyns Research Group in Marine Ecology; and Duke University, The Johnsen Lab in Sensory Biology. D’amy has been involved with conservation for many years with several organizations:Sailors for the Sea (West Coast Ambassador) and EarthEcho International (member of the Youth Leadership Council). D’amy founded an ocean conservation and outreach organization, Ocean Steward.