North Carolina, USA
Carmen Hoyt is a senior at Duke University double majoring in Biology (concentration in Marine Biology) and Earth and Ocean Sciences. A native Floridian, she has been exploring the ocean for as long as she can remember, and her experiences kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling as a child have inspired her to pursue a career in marine science. During her time at Duke, she has been involved with the Marine Science and Conservation Leaders student organization from its origin during her Freshmen year to being co-President her Junior and Senior years. Carmen and co-President Clara Bird decided to rebrand the organization as a chapter of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance after reading about their work and hoping to share ocean activism with a wider range of members. An avid scuba diver, Carmen hopes to travel and earn her Dive Master certification after graduating from Duke before returning to academia to earn her PhD.
Clara Bird is a senior at Duke University double majoring in Biology (concentration in Ecology) and Environmental Science (concentration in Marine Science and Conservation). Born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan she spent her summers in Spain visiting family and exploring the Mediterranean and discovering her passion for marine biology. She has been involved in the Marine Science and Conservation Leaders Club at Duke since it was founded in 2014 and has been Co-President with Carmen Hoyt since her Junior year. They decided to rebrand the club as a chapter of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance after discovering that the club’s original goals aligned almost perfectly with those of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance. After graduating from Duke this coming Spring, Clara hopes to ultimately earn her PhD in Marine Science and continue exploring the world she has loved for so long.