Melissa Márquez Is the Shark Week Expert We All Want to Be

From Distractify. com,  July 30, 2019

The internet had mixed feelings about celebrities taking over Shark Week 2019, but we’re happy to report Discovery still has some legit scientists and shark experts in the mix.
Marine biologist and conservationist Melissa Márquez is a Shark Week regular, and she’s definitely one to watch. Here’s what you need to know about this awesome woman in science.

Who is Shark Week’s Melissa Márquez?

According to Melissa’s website, she’s a Latina marine biologist known as the “Mother of Sharks.” She’s a well-regarded TEDx speaker, Forbes Science writer, and founder of The Fins United Initiative, which introduces audiences to diverse sharks and the scientists who study them via the program’s site.

Melissa holds a B.S. in marine ecology and conservation from New College of Florida and a Master of Science in marine biology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In June 2019, she started pursuing her PhD in environment and agriculture from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
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