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Ecologist teaching students outdoors in Belize

Ilka Feller (Candy)

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Candy Feller is an insect and plant ecologist studying the effects of extra nutrients from fertilizer run-off on mangrove systems over time.

Mary stands in front of a map of Kaneohe Bay. Photo Credit J. Daniels

Mary Hagedorn

Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian marine biologist, Dr. Mary Hagedorn, is leading a global network of scientists in one of the most unique ocean-conservation programs in the world today, the Reef Recovery Initiative, which focuses on cryopreservation of marine species. 


Melanie McField

Director, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People program, National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian scientist Melanie McField is the Founder and Director of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.