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Isaac Deonarine Jr. is a senior studying Applied Mathematics and Biology at CUNY Queens College in New York City. Through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, he arrived at Charles Darwin Foundation in June 2017 as a Seamounts Research Intern. Isaac is a passionate environmentalist and artist, in addition to being a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow and Golden Key International Honour student. Having previously worked for Wildlife Conservation Society and 100 Resilient Cities, Isaac is interested in analyzing and addressing potential conflicts to biodiversity, sustainability, and ecological and public health to strategically plan for future change.

A Dive Into the Galapagos Deep Sea on World Oceans Day

After 15 hours’ traveling from New York City, I arrived on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos and started my summer as a Seamounts Research Intern at the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). On World Oceans Day, just two days into my new position, I experienced first-hand the prevailing passion in the archipelago for conservation. Since 2002, this annual celebration of the beauty and intrinsic value of the ocean has taken place , where the community is encouraged to collaborate, find solutions for a healthier future, and become stewards of the world’s oceans. On World Oceans Day, the Seamounts team at CDF shared the unique mysteries of deep-water ecosystems with the community.