My name is Amani Canada and I am currently a graduating senior at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Earth Systems Science. During my undergraduate degree, I’ve had the pleasure to work with great professors and experience interdisciplinary study at its finest. Learning and interacting with different spheres and interests has led me from researching garnet geochemistry to creating maps and demonstration gardens to now landing me with sea turtles and social media.
In the fall of 2020, I will be starting my Master’s degree in Geography at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. I will be conducting research following the topics of human-environment interactions, flood risk, and climate resiliency. These are a combination of interests stemming from geology, environmental science, and the place I call home. As a native Houstonian, the Texas coast is as much as a place of enjoyment as it is a place of home, for humans and other beings. These interests led me to this opportunity with Mosaics in Science and I could not be more interested in jumping in.
For this summer, I am interested in sharing the excitement and awe about conservation and information about the sea turtles with volunteers, visitors, and interested parties. I have a vested interest in science communication as I believe that science is at its most effective when the public can understand and interact with it. Additionally, I want to diversify and build upon skills and knowledge in other fields related to natural resource management, conservation, and resilience to climate change. Thus, I am incredibly excited to be the Science Communication Assistant at Padre Island National Seashore.