Anjali D. Boyd is a marine ecologist, educator, entrepreneur, and elected official. At Duke University, she is a Marine Science and Conservation Ph.D. Student in the Nicholas School of the Environment. In addition to being a Dean's Graduate Fellow, a NSF GRFP recipient and a Ford Fellow through the National Academy of Sciences. Her research examines how species interactions (both intra and inter) and physical forces interact to regulate the recovery of foundation species to environmental stressors. Anjali aspires to develop novel ecosystem-based restoration and management practices to restore foundation species worldwide, while also working to ensure communities of color have equitable access to a healthy ocean.
Anjali is also fiercely committed to increasing the representation of women and ethnic minorities in ocean sciences and elevating the voices and contributions of students and early-career scientists. She has served as an appointed member of the Ecological Society of America's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice taskforce, and was recently appointed as the youngest Early Career Liaisons to the US National Committee for UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Additionally, as the Director of iNviTechnology, she works to combat the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities in STEM fields through educational entrepreneurial programs to engage young children ages 0-5 and K-12 students. Anjali also serves as an elected official in her hometown of Durham, N.C. as Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.