Alexandria Malilay

Real name: 
Class Year: 
2023
Current Position: 
Natural Resource Specialist
Current Organization: 
NOAA Fisheries

Alexandria’s roots in Guam inspired her interest in ocean conservation and environmental education. Growing up in Southern California, her family made frequent visits to the beach which fostered her appreciation for the outdoors and desire to learn more. This led her to Columbia University, where she was designated an I.I. Rabi Scholar and earned a B.A. in Environmental Biology in May 2022. She assisted in conservation projects at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Guam, and the Galápagos Science Center during her summers.

Alexandria became interested in the revitalization of Guam’s Indigenous language, CHamoru, in the midst of the pandemic. As the digital language learning community began to blossom, conversations with members of the community emphasized that knowledge of the environment is held in Indigenous language and cultural practices. The following academic year, she spent two semesters conducting independent research that took a multidisciplinary approach to language, education, and environmental restoration in Guam. Her research and work center communities in the conversation on marine restoration efforts.

Outside of her professional and academic career, you can catch her surfing, dancing salsa, playing pickup soccer, and training for her first half-marathon.