Originally from Oregon, Alyssa has always had a strong relationship with nature and the outdoors. In search of a life full of adventure, she found her passion for the ocean while studying at Oregon State University. She graduated in 2012 with a B.Sc. in marine biology, a minor in chemistry, and a PADI divemaster certification. The year following graduation included extensive traveling and diver training, gaining experience in Greece’s Ionian Sea, the Caribbean waters of Honduras and Bonaire, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
As a young marine biologist, she’s had the opportunity to work as an AAUS Scientific Diver for University of North Carolina since 2013 on an offshore reef ecology project, and has participated in several of NOAA’s reef survey missions. She’s an avid shark enthusiast and has acted as lead scientist on long-line shark capture and tagging trips for the previous year. Since diving with Lindblad Expeditions she has fostered a love for the poles and extreme cold-water diving, and is always excited for the ice water plunge.
Alyssa appreciates a diverse range of life’s experiences and has the true spirit of an explorer, feeling most alive when on the cusp of a new journey. Her love of the natural world and desire for true ocean conservation highlight her life; passions she finds easy to share with others. Through National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions Alyssa hopes to inspire a fresh perspective on each voyage by offering a deeper understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants.
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