Ronnie’s first-hand experience of the underwater world came when she achieved her open water diving licence at age 14. She thought to herself then “wow, everybody has to see this!”. Fueled by the desire to make the ocean relatable, even to her peers in Michigan, she set out to achieve a degree in marine biology. While studying at Dalhousie University, Ronnie found her true passion in communicating ocean sciences. This ability was first exercised when she was volunteering as a touch tank animal interpreter for a local non-profit, Back to the Sea Society. Seeing that her knowledge could spur change, Ronnie set out to experience other aspects of ocean sciences. Wanting to use her scuba diving skills to help illustrate ocean conservation, Ronnie embarked on an internship at a research lab in Zavora, Mozambique where she studied everything from nudibranchs to manta rays. The extreme diving conditions and unique location helped Ronnie comprehend the resilience and discipline it takes to dedicate oneself to ocean conservation. Since then, Ronnie has worked at various environmental non-profits including Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) where she worked on projects that engaged a variety of audiences on our oceans. Now, in her final year, she is looking forward to capping off her academic achievements and passing on her knowledge and experiences to the aspiring ocean leaders in her FIGs group.
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