Dr. Camille Gaynus
Chief Science Officer
Originally from Philadelphia, I established a love of the water at an early age. Upon graduating from Hampton University, I started a PhD in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UCLA. I spent some time working at Penn State Brandywine before moving to working for the nonprofit Black in Marine Science full-time as the Chief Science Officer. There are two things I enjoy about being a marine scientist. First is the sheer amount of knowledge the ocean holds. It gives me countless opportunities to learn and explore. Second, I physically enjoy being underwater. There is something about being totally submerged in water that is calming. I got involved in #BlackinMarineScientist because I love being Black and I believe it is important that we highlight Black stories as a way to combat anti-Blackness.