Ulithi Youth Action Project: Current & Previous Participants
I’m Ashley Diaz. I attend Cabrillo College and major in biology. I am a student of Nicole and Eva. I’ve been participating in the 80 S genetic class in barcoding DNA samples that we’ve gotten from Ulithi. I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and fell in love with the fact that we get the best of both worlds with having an ocean to swim in and forests to hike in. Ever since, I was young I’ve been fascinated with marine and plant biology. Enjoying our local tidepools and witnessing their transformations overtime. (I got quite the shock when our coast got hit by the starfish epidemic, but I am happy to say that the starfish population is recovering.) I also take interest in raising native plants for local wildlife. Currently, I am working on remodeling my family’s garden to aid in providing year-round nectar resources for native pollinators specifically, the monarch butterfly since Santa Cruz is one of their over wintering sites. I am honored to be part of this amazing opportunity with the Ulithi Youth Program to make a difference in ocean conservation and look forward working together to create a sustainable future.
Hi there! I‘m an artist, nerd, and octopus enthusiast from San Ramon, California in the Bay Area. I’ve had a fascination with the ocean from a young age and I‘m excited by the opportunity to learn about and help study the marine environment in Micronesia. I’m also honored to get to participate in a multicultural conservation effort like this and can’t wait to get started!
My name is Emily Barney, and I just finished up my time at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. I will be transferring in the fall to Santa Clara University and will also be moving to the big city - San Francisco! However, before all the changes to come, I am beyond excited about the chance to go to Ulithi with this incredible, and diverse team of scientists and students. I have fallen in love with Ecology and conservation after having taken Nicole Crane’s class, and this experience will only solidify my interest in the field (hopefully). Not to mention having the opportunity to experience such a different culture than my own, and help improve the lives of all these wonderful people. The countdown is on!! And I cannot wait to meet everyone, and make some memories that will be sure to last a lifetime!
I was born in San Francisco, California and was raised in cold waters of Northern California. The ocean is my passion and my escape. I am an avid surfer and diver and a certified saltwater addict. I am currently a marine biology student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and a student of Nicole Crane. I am very excited about the opportunity we have to make a difference in Ulithi and so grateful to be a part of this amazing opportunity.
Hello, there! I am a dog-loving, beach-going, pie-eating, forest-hiking, piano-playing girl from Davis, California. The environment, both terrestrial and marine, has always dazzled me. Living in Santa Cruz really established my love for the ocean and its systems. Although the way that most humans treat the oceans makes me disheartened, I find my inspiration and passion through the strength of others, like the Ulithians. I am honored to have the opportunity to learn about their tight-knit society, their traditions, and to understand how to coexist with the other 71% of our planet.