Felicity is a graduate student studying Marine Conservation at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science, University of Miami. She is passionate about the environment and fascinated by the relationship between people and their surroundings, especially the dynamic between coastal communities and marine ecosystems. She has her B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Architecture and Community Design, where she wrote her senior dissertation on food insecurity. Her thesis, "MacArthur Farm, Bridging the Gap between the Built Environment and Social Justice," examined how food deserts are designed and how to reverse the harmful effects using integrated community-designed spaces. She has an extensive background in the food industry, with experience as an assistant to a private chef and starting her own baking business. She also has experience working with wildlife as a volunteer for the California Wildlife Center, where she was responsible for caring for native birds, sea lions, and seals.
Currently, Felicity is interning with the FCOLC's Sea Turtle Conservation and Women Empowerment Program. She will be working remote with planned fieldwork at the sites in Nicaragua in the Fall. Her research aims to evaluate the program's participant training workshops and sea turtle monitoring data collection methodology. The findings from her study will be used to create a well-rounded and informative guide for successful sea turtle monitoring and tagging protocols as well as a manual for best management and training practices for community members.
She hopes to pursue a career in conservation, working with coastal communities. In her free time, you can find her cooking, gardening, or surfing.