Danny Khor

Class Year: 
2021
Current Position: 
RAY Conservation Diversity Fellow: Antarctica Program Biologist
Current Organization: 
Point Blue Conservation Science
Location: 
Petaluma, CA

Danny Khor (they/them/theirs) grew up in Penang, Malaysia and Tampa, Florida. Their interest in marine conservation was sparked as a young child by witnessing the rapid progression of coral bleaching and sea level rise in Florida, the prevalence of plastic in the ocean, and the impacts of these changes on local ecosystems. Danny decided early on that they wanted to help preserve the health of the ocean, and this passion led them to the University of Florida, where they graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences and a minor in Zoology (2021). While at UF, Danny was able to pursue a wide variety of opportunities in marine conservation which included a manatee management project with the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, identifying cold-water coral and sponge habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, and working as a curatorial assistant for the second-largest ichthyological museum collection in the U.S. They have also spent time as a salmon weir technician in interior Alaska, a science communicator for the Florida Museum of Natural History, and as a certified dumpling slinger.

Their internship with the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research Network introduced them to how monumentally important the preservation of environmental resources is to human lives, and how climate change can have disproportionate effects on Alaska Native communities and other disadvantaged groups that rely on the ocean for sustenance, livelihoods, and cultural touchstones. These experiences were formative lessons on the importance of environmental stewardship and traditional ecological knowledge, and reinforced Danny's dedication to pursuing science which is equitable and intersectional. Since then, they have been involved in leading diversity, equity, and inclusion movements at UF, organizing civil rights protests, and continue to work toward social and environmental justice.

Danny is the 2021 Ray Fellow at Point Blue Conservation Science, and their position involves fieldwork in Antarctica researching the ecology of Adélie penguins. In their free time, Danny can usually be found longboarding around town, reading, scouting new dive sites, and spending time with their friends.