Melissa Marquez is a Latina marine biologist and wildlife educator with a BA (Hons) in Marine Ecology and Conservation degree from New College of Florida (USA) and an MSc in Marine Biology from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Márquez is a freelance environmental writer for Forbes, a Scholastic author, the ConCiencia Azul podcast host, and TV presenter. She is also founder of The Fins United Initiative (TFUI), a program that brings attention to the unusual and diverse sharks (and their relatives) of the world, the diverse scientists who study them, and the threats these animals face. Márquez is currently doing her PhD at Curtin University, studying human-wildlife conflict and shark habitat use.
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