Bianca Elize Santos

Class Year: 
2022
Current Position: 
RAY Aquarium Conservation Fellow
Current Organization: 
Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)

Bianca Elize Santos works for the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) which is a coalition of U.S. aquariums working together to increase conservation impact. As part of the ACP team, she helps in the work towards leveraging the collective resources of member institutions across the United States to mobilize audiences, advocate for policy change, and advance conservation at the local, state, and national levels. Bianca completed her B.S. in Environmental Science at Stevenson University (Maryland, MD). During her undergrad she was a part of her universities Center for Environmental Stewardship (CES) Environmental Club, she created management methods for Irvine Nature Center that was funded by SU/T Rowe Price Student Driven Service Project Grant, and conducted environmental field studies in the Galápagos Islands with Universidad San Francisco de Quito working on micro/macro plastic pollution research. All these experiences shared something similar, policy, which to her is what leads these conservation efforts. Since graduating, Bianca has been gradually navigating environmental policy through the various roles she has been in. As an intern at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, she researched the ecosystem of the Baltimore Inner Harbor to help recommend better management tools and policy guidelines to restore the health of the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Bianca was also a Fisheries Technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Here she gathered biological samples of salmon and groundfish from sport catch to put through laboratory processing. In addition, she collected logistical data from fishermen which helped in regulating fishing policy throughout Southeast Alaska. A fun fact about Bianca is that she is a scientific scuba diver and divemaster! She has seen firsthand, underwater, the damages of climate change and human impacts. This is one of the many reasons she is an ocean advocate and wants to work in the policy space to help make a change. Being in the position she is in Bianca realizes it's her duty as well to help increase diversity in the sciences and bring attention to the intersectionality between privilege and ideas of environmentalism. Outside of work, Bianca can either be found scuba diving, surfing, watching Star Wars, playing The Sims, or eating sushi!