Our Future is Equitable and Limitless

Our vision is to establish a Black women-led community that elevates and supports Black women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science. We are cultivating our own narrative -- one where we can be our authentic selves, embracing our diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives while leading, thriving, and innovating.

Our Scope
of Impact

We encourage the autonomy of Black women in order to push boundaries, drive innovation, and elevate our voices in evolution, ecology and marine science.

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The Catalyst for a Community of Black Women in EEMS

Beginning in the midst of a global pandemic in 2020, and at the height of conversations about Black Lives Matter and issues that continue to impact Black community; Nikki Traylor-Knowles put out a call to the world seeking Black women marine scientists. After feeling frustrated of being the one of the only Black women in this area of academia, Nikki was able to host an event and capture contacts of dozens of women from various countries doing work in ecology, evolution and marine science fields.

Following a successful event, many wanted to continue having events that offered space for community and knowledge exchange. Realizing that everyone had also been feeling similarly, it became empowering for Nikki and important to offer an opportunity to uplift Black women scientists looking for a community. With a need and desire so grand, BWEEMS has become a beacon in equipping its members and continuing to be a supportive community, driving innovation, and championing disruptors of pervasive white supremacy culture in science.

What motivates us:

  • Elevating Black Women’s Voices and Innovations
  • Inspiring Sisterhood Through Community and Collaboration
  • Driving Equitable Spaces, Leadership, and Science
  • Catalyzing a Paradigm Shift in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science Spaces
  • Promoting a Culture 
of Acceptance

Get to Know the Dedicated Leaders of BWEEMS

Meet the Founder
of BWEEMS

Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles
BWEEMS Founder, Director and 
Chief Financial Officer
BWEEMs was founded by Nikki Traylor-Knowles, an Associate Professor in Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Sciences. Nikki leads the Cnidarian Immunity Laboratory, which investigates the mechanisms of immune function in corals.



Her lab is particularly focused on developing novel strategies for saving coral reefs. Prior to starting her assistant professorship, she earned her B.S. and M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, her PhD. in Biology from Boston University, and her postdoctoral studies through Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University.



Nikki started BWEEMS as a way to develop community, share science, and promote innovative thinking. She was tired of hearing that Black women in ecology, evolution and marine science didn't exist. They do!

Meet the
Board of Directors

Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Victoria Moreno
Communications Chair
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Anjali D. Boyd
Development and Advancement Chair
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Dr. Cinda Scott
Virtual Events Chair
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Giselle Hall
Outreach Chair
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Dr. Alex Davis
Secretary & Conference Co-Chair
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Dr. Karlisa Callwood
VP & Conference Co-Chair

Meet the
BWEEMS Staff

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Evolution
Marine
Rose Santana
Outreach & Comms Coordinator
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Chris Mantegna
Mentorship Program Coordinator
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Evolution
Marine
Keiko WIlkins
Program Directors Assistant
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Jordyn Whitaker
Event Coordinator