Ana Sofia Guera was in NYC this month to receive the 2014 North American Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society Award. Ana has ambitious plans for this year. Ana wants to find the way to make the biggest impact by exploring different fields in marine science as well writing and photography. She hopes to use what she learns to influence marine conservation practices, make the ocean more accessible to those who don’t have the opportunity to delve into it, and bridge the gap between the marine scientific community and the public.
Studies and background: Ana was born in Monterrey, Mexico, far away from the ocean. Twelve years later, Ana got certified as a PADI Junior Open Water Diver while she was living in São Paulo, Brazil. After completing high school in Mexico City, Ana moved to California to attend Stanford University. Ana obtained a degree in Biology through Stanford University and spent the majority of her college career at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford’s marine biology station in Monterey Bay. She worked as a field assistant for multiple projects in the Central Pacific, had the opportunity to work with small-scale fishers in Baja California Sur, and taught and mentored students for the Stanford@SEA class aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.
As an Our World Underwater sponsor, Light & Motion will follow Ana this year and share her insights about marine conservation practices worldwide.