Duration of Internship: May 2023 – August 2023

B.Sc. Biology, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (2017 – 2021)

After completing her degree in Biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii from 2017 to 2021, Alexis took some time off to explore various opportunities and figure out her passion. This exploration led her to the mesmerizing waters of Cyprus, where she delved deeper into both her love for diving and her desire to broaden her experience in the field of Marine Biology.

During her internship, Alexis had the privilege of engaging in diverse projects, including in-depth studies of Posidonia oceanica for biodiversity assessments. She gained hands-on experience in documenting species and witnessed firsthand the impact of construction on marine ecosystems. Additionally, she conducted lab work involving Posidonia oceanica and participated in the crucial task of sample sorting at a fish farm, analyzing both the health of the fish and the surrounding ecosystem. Moreover, she actively contributed to macroalgae sorting in the lab, further enriching her understanding of marine environments and fueling her passion for environmental conservation.

She states, “My time at MER has been a journey of growth and self-discovery. I have not only expanded my knowledge and skills but have also developed a deeper appreciation for the delicate balance between human activities and the natural world. I am now more motivated than ever to pursue a career that involves environmental conservation and sustainable practices. I am excited about the future and eager to contribute my knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on environmental and biodiversity conservation.