As a young marine biologist, Alyssa Adler has had the opportunity to work as a diver in many capacities. For several years, she was a dedicated AAUS scientific diver for University of North Carolina on an offshore reef ecology project, and has participated in several of NOAA’s reef survey missions. She has been diving with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as an underwater videographer and ocean educator since 2014 and has fostered a love for the poles and extreme cold-water diving, spending most of her time underwater in sub-freezing temperatures.
In August of 2018 Alyssa was awarded a National Geographic Early Career grant with a focus on the remote and challenging Inian Islands of Southeast Alaska. She spent her grantee year focusing on select regional Alaskan bull kelp forests to tell the ancient story of Nereocystis with a new, modern twist, through the Inian Islands Institute and the National Geographic Society.
As of September, 2020 Alyssa is an NSF funded Ph.D. student at Duke University, studying marine science with a focus on predator/prey interactions and shifts in trophic cascades over great latitudes.