The Fascinating World of Marine Science with Dr. Tiara Moore | Rising Sea Voices

February 24, 2023

Meet Dr. Moore, marine ecologist and advocate for diversity.

Get ready to dive deep into the world of marine science and environmental DNA with Dr. Tiara Moore, an accomplished environmental ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at The Nature Conservancy. But that's not all - Tiara is also a fierce advocate for a safe and inclusive workplace for black people and women of color. In this compelling rebroadcast of Rising Sea Voices, Tiara shares her journey from an undergraduate course in Costa Rica to scuba diving in Indonesia and French Polynesia. Her research uses eDNA to assess biodiversity and guide restoration efforts, and she shares her expertise with host Felicia Olmeta-Schult. But Tiara's work goes beyond scientific research, and she is the founder of A WOC SPACE and Black In Marine Science (BIMS), organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in marine science.

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Felicia Olmeta-Schult

Felicia Olmeta-Schult is the 2021 Oregon Sea Grant Resilience Fellow and works to increase the resilience of Oregon communities to the impacts of climate change and coastal natural hazards. She is also ASPN University Project Lead. Felicia has a B.S. in Oceanography from Hawaii Pacific University, a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her dissertation investigated the North Coast of California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative by studying how stakeholders interacted and were involved during the marine protected area (MPA) planning process and how they perceived socio-economic and ecological effects of MPAs. She was a 2018-19 Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellow at the Washington Department of Ecology Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program where she participated in the Washington Coastal Resilience Project. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the outdoors hiking and playing in rivers and the ocean. She loves traveling, especially back home to Corsica, a French Mediterranean island, so she can spend time with her family and swim in the warm sea (and not in the frigid waters of the North Pacific Ocean). You can contact her at and follow her on Twitter @FolmetaSchult and on LinkedIn.