Island Youth Can Excel In Ocean Sciences. Here's How.

Participants in the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program hosted at UVI learn how to take core samples in a mangrove.

Participants in the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program hosted at UVI learn how to take core samples in a mangrove.

Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes made her debut appearance on the TEDX stage this past summer with TEDxSaintThomas. Her talk, SEAS Your Tomorrow, is one that must be seen by anyone concerned about or interested in learning more about underrepresented minorities in the sciences. She discusses the opportunities available right now at the University of the Virgin Islands for minorities with interest in STEM fields. This is a "must see" for any parent of a Virgin Islands youth interested in the sciences.


"In her TEDxSaintThomas talk entitled, "SEAS Your Tomorrow," Kristin will discuss two programs that work to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in the ocean sciences in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She’ll explain what these programs are and how they support Virgin Islands youth to pursue educational pathways in the ocean sciences. Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes is a Research Assistant Professor of Watershed Ecology at the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies at the University of the Virgin Islands and is actively engaged in community outreach, most recently on the topic of marine debris. She is also the Director for the Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute which is a network of 54 federal- and state-funded institutes across the United States dedicated to water resource issues and education; in this role, she is 1 of 7 women directors. She is the project lead for 1 of 37 projects funded in 2016 by the National Science Foundation through its Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) Program. Dr. Grimes obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology & Environmental Sciences, M.S. in Marine Biology, and M.S. in Marine Policy, from the University of Maine, Orono, ME and B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, Mid" – TEDxSaintThomas

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