Queriah “Que” Simpson was born and raised in Melbourne, FL. In 2017, she completed her matriculation at Florida A&M University (FAMU) with two bachelors in Environmental Science and Pre-professional Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While at FAMU, she participated in the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program and interned for the City of Tallahassee to better understand wastewater management and water quality monitoring. While part of the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC), she completed a project titled “Evaluating the Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) as a Bioindicator Species for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals” proving that chemicals from a paper mill in Perry, FL have detrimental effects on Mosquitofish and the water quality of the river. She returned to FAMU as a NOAA Center for Coastal & Marine Ecosystem (CCME) graduate scholar, assisting in the creation of habitat suitability models targeting deep sea coral along the West Florida Escarpment (WFE) at depths below 1000m. She obtained her M.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine and Estuarine Environments in 2020.
Queriah is currently enjoying life as a Private Chef and the Black in Marine Science (BIMS) Executive Expert. BIMS affords her the opportunity to educate underrepresented communities on environmental awareness and coordinate programs such as the BIMS Immersion Program. Que is a member of the NAACP Environmental Justice Committee and serves as a board member of Little Growers Inc., a non-profit organization leading an urban agriculture project which strives to empower youth through leadership development, educating them about food security, sustainability, and environmental justice. She is currently making plans to complete a PhD. Please reach out to Que regarding programming and BIMS memberships.