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.
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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.🤍

SECTOR
Private
EDUCATION
Undergraduate
E-MAIL
dejacnewton@gmail.com
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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.

SECTOR
Academia
EDUCATION
Ph.D
E-MAIL
lysisma702@gmail.com
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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!

SECTOR
Academia
EDUCATION
Masters
E-MAIL
josette.mclean@duke.edu
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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.

SECTOR
Government
EDUCATION
Undergraduate
E-MAIL
ricklia22@gmail.com
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Sierra Taliaferro
Founder, The Green Obsidian
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