Mariana Kneppers

Coral Restoration Intern

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Originally from Walnut Creek, California, Mariana graduated from Elon University with a double-major in Biology and Environmental Science. She was always fascinated with the natural world, but she found her passion for coral during her semester abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In pursuit of this, after graduating Elon she spent 6 months living in the Seychelles monitoring coral recovery while obtaining her Divemaster certification. After her internship, Mariana will be studying at Imperial College of London to obtain an MSc in Science Communication in order to promote advocacy for coral conservation. Her favorite animal is the manta ray and eating raw carrots gives her the hiccups.