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Erika Woolsey Marine Biologist, Filmmaker

National Geographic Explorer Dr. Erika Woolsey is a coral reef scientist and leader of The Hydrous, a non-profit dedicated to translating ocean science into public understanding. As a marine biologist, divemaster, and virtual reality filmmaker, she loves bringing people to the ocean, in real life as well as virtually. Her work has taken her to coral reefs around the world, including to Palau, where she produced the award-winning 360º film Immerse. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Woolsey conducted her PhD research with James Cook University on the Great Barrier Reef, earned her Masters of Applied Science in Coastal Management from the University of Sydney, and studied biology and art history at Duke University. She is currently a Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

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