In 2010, I enrolled in the University of Massachusetts and began getting into environmental policy and economics, as well as scuba diving. I received my basic PADI open water dive certification in the Florida Keys, and then spent an entire summer getting my professional certification in Honduras, where I was able to dive three times a day and assist in the battle against the invasive lionfish species. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Environmental Economics, I decided to continue my education, and received an M.Sc. in Environmental Economics in 2016. My graduate education revealed how economics and politics can affect the health of the environment, along with the people and organisms living in it. My research focused on deforestation, carbon emissions, and sustainable palm oil in Southeast Asia. Since graduating I have been working on climate change policy, volunteering for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation, and traveling and diving all over Europe, Asia, and Oceania. I am now up to 17 countries and over 400 dives!