Mandy Joye is an educator, a deep ocean explorer, and an ocean and environmental advocate. She holds the Athletic Association Distinguished Professorship in Arts and Sciences and is a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. She received her B.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the same institution in 1993. She is an expert in ​​environmental microbiology and geochemistry. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on ​deep water habitats and extreme ​environments and tracks the cycling and fate of ​hydrocarbons, nutrients, sulfur, metals, and trace gases. Her current work examines process-oriented dynamics and biogeochemistry in the Gulf of Mexico, along the North American Atlantic Margin, and in the Gulf of California. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and is a member of the American Academy for Microbiology. She joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1997, having served briefly as an assistant professor of oceanography at Texas A&M. She was awarded a sabbatical fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany, where she served as a visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, in 2002-03. She is committed to advancing science communication and ocean literacy and uses novel platforms and approaches to make a difference in that regard. (Image ©University of Georgia)