Sisterhood Driven by Collaboration and Upliftment

Black women have been and continue to be isolated in science, navigating a system that was historically designed to exclude them. BWEEMS empowers Black women in science by offering a supportive global community, that promotes a culture of acceptance and highlights their contributions made in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science in efforts to provide greater visibility.

Amplifying Voices in Ecology, Evolution, 
and Marine Science

Within ecology, evolution, and marine science, we love to celebrate our members who continue to be driven in their work, contribute to the BWEEMS community, and achieve much through their career. View our honored members below.
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Deja Newton

I'm an environmental planner in San Francisco. I mainly work on water infrastructure projects for cities and counties. I joined BWEEMS during my senior year of college because I wanted to be connected to people in my field who looked like me. Through BWEEMS I was able to participate in the Society of Wetland Scientists and am still chairing their student section. I've really made connections in the group and feel like I have people I can reach out to if I need advice or if I decide to go to grad school. BWEEMS is doing awesome work.🤍

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Private
EDUCATION
Undergraduate
E-MAIL
dejacnewton@gmail.com
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Lys Isma

My name is Lys Isma and I am a PhD student in the Cnidarian Immunity Lab. My research focuses on corals and their immune response to Stony Coral Tissue Disease. I ultimately want to know how corals fight off infections. I joined BWEEMS because I needed community, because it is so easy to feel alone. BWEEMS has been a great support system for me as a first generation student.

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Academia
EDUCATION
Ph.D
E-MAIL
lysisma702@gmail.com
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Evolution
Marine
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Josette McLean

Josette is a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Duke University. She is broadly focused on marine ecology, conservation and outreach. Her current research focuses on understanding the responses of coral reefs to human and climate change induced stressors.I became a BWEEMS member to find community and a sense of belonging. Through BWEEMS I am always inspired to be great, simply from interacting with other members and hearing all about their personal, and professional journeys as well as their outstanding accomplishments!

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Academia
EDUCATION
Masters
E-MAIL
josette.mclean@duke.edu
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Aisha Rickli-Rahman

I am an ocean loving woman who is very passionate about wildlife and conservation. My educational background is in Marine Sciences but I have spent the last 10+ years working in the field of conservation and have had amazing opportunities to work with and help protect sea turtles, seabirds, monk seals, plants and invertebrates and have enjoyed every moment of it. However, one of the biggest things that I felt was missing from my professional life was having a community of BIPOC individuals with whom I could share my passions and experiences and from whom I could learn and be inspired. BWEEMS and all of the incredible women who are part of it, have very seamlessly filled that gap and I couldn't be more grateful.

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Government
EDUCATION
Undergraduate
E-MAIL
ricklia22@gmail.com
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Richmond, Virginia, USA
Aaliyah C Bevans
Biology Major & Chemistry Minor, Virginia Union University
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Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Akacia K Halliday-Isaac
PhD Student, University of Mississippi, Department of Biology
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Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Aliyah Griffith
PhD Student
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Blacksburg, VA, USA
Amber Wendler
PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
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Honolulu, HI, USA
Anamica Bedi de Silva
PhD Candidate, University of Hawaii at Manoa Dept. Oceanography
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Washington, DC, USA
Andrea R. Williams
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
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France/Barbados
Angelique Brathwaite
Director Science and Conservation, Blue finance
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Marine
Durham, NC, USA
Anjali D. Boyd
Marine Science and Conservation PhD Student, Duke University
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South Bend
Camille Mosley
PhD Student, University of Notre Dame
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Louisville, KY
Dana Braxton
Bowling Green State University
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Coral Gables, FL, USA
Delia Shelton
Assistant Professor, University of Miami
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Redlands, CA, USA
Dr. Dawn J. Wright, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute
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YORKTOWN
Dr. Deidre M Gibson
Chair of Marine and Environmental Science, Hampton University
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Durham
Dr. Theresa B Oehmke
University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
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North Miami Beach, FL, USA
Erin M. Johnson
PhD Student, Florida International University Biological Sciences Dept.
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Miami, FL, USA
Flavie Auguste
Undergraduate Student, Florida International University
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UK and Martinique
Frédérique Fardin
PhD Student, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
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Boulder, Colorado, USA
Gabriella Brinkley
Masters Student at University of Colorado Boulder
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Raleigh, NC, USA
Ileana Fenwick
PhD Student, UNC Chapel Hill Marine Sciences
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London, UK
Inka Cresswell
Researcher, Wildspace Poductions
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Marine
Sarasota, FL, USA
Jasmin Graham
President/CEO, Minorities in Shark Sciences
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Evolution
Marine
Houston, Texas, USA
Joyah Watkins
PhD Student, Rice University, Department of Biosciences
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Miami, Florida, USA
J’nesse Balkman
Undergraduate Student, University of Miami
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Honolulu, HI, USA
Keiko W. Wilkins
PhD Student at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
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Miami, Florida, USA
LaTreese S. Denson, Ph. D.
Stock Assessment Analyst, NOAA NMFS
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Tempe, AZ, USA
Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins
Associate Professor, Arizona State University
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Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Lys Myriam Isma
PhD Student, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science.
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Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Maddi Stewart
Undergraduate, University of California, Santa Cruz
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College Station, Texas, USA
Makeda Mills
Graduate Student, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University
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Olympia, WA, USA
Marisa Litz
Research Scientist, WDFW
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Gloucester Point, VA, USA
Maya Thomas
PhD Student, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Michelle Brown
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Detroit, MI, USA
Miyah B
Howard University Student
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Providence, RI, USA
Natalie Baillargeon
External Affairs Analyst, Woodwell Climate Research Center
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Miami, Florida, USA
Natalyn Jones
Graduate Student, University of Miami Rsmas
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Concord, North Carolina, USA
Natasha Feaster
Pfeiffer University, Environmental Science Major
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Nepsis García Lara
Graduate Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University
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Athens, Georgia, USA
Nicole Solano
PhD Student, University of Georgia
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Miami, Florida, USA
Nikki Traylor-Knowles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director University of Miami
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Toronto, Canada
Raisha Lovindeer
Postdoc Researcher, University of British Columbia
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Galveston, TX, USA
Rayna Nolen
PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University at Galveston
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Charleston, SC, USA
Robin Garcia
Science Communication Trainer, COMPASS
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Savannah, GA, USA
Savannah Clax
Master's Student, Oregon State University
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Marine
New Orleans, LA, USA
Shannan Yates
PhD Student, Tulane University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Central Florida, USA
Shannon Farmer
Conservation Research Associate, New College of Florida/Walt Disney World
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Miami, Florida, USA
Shatiyana Dunn
MPS Student, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science
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Marine
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sierra Taliaferro
Founder, The Green Obsidian
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Statesboro, GA, USA
Sophie B George
BWEEMS Member
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Evolution
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Miami, Florida, USA
Stephanie L. Wright
Master of Professional Science Student, University of Miami
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Rohnert Park, California, USA
Tailyn Brown
Master’s Candidate, Sonoma State University
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United Kingdom
Terita Deare
MSc Student, University of Exeter
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Evolution
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Silver Spring, MD
Victoria Moreno
Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of NOAA Research
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Palo Alto, CA, USA
Victoria Watson-Zink, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
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