Elisa Aitoro is a Pacific Northwest native with an ongoing passion for the ocean. She will receive her BS in Oceanography from the University of Washington in June 2019. She recently accepted an offer from Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she will begin a Masters/PhD program beginning in the fall with research focusing on the modeling of sediment dynamics in the marine environment.

During her undergraduate and high school career Elisa has been involved in research focused within the Salish Sea ecosystem. She has participated in two field courses at Friday Harbor Laboratories, a University of Washington marine station in the San Juan Islands, including a research apprenticeship for her undergraduate senior thesis. General research interests include the physical transport dynamics of sediment and the circulation of water in estuaries.

Hobbies include board games, camping, and napping in hammocks.