Monette O'Connor

Real name: 
Monette O'Connor
Class Year: 
Current Position: 
RAY Conservation Diversity Fellow: Central Puget Sound Natural Resource Specialist
Current Organization: 
NOAA Fisheries
Lacey, WA

Monette was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. As a child she was fortunate to have spent time in American Samoa with her father's family, and it was there that she truly experienced and began to appreciate the natural beauty of the South Pacific. Her passion for Polynesian culture bloomed, and she later realized she wanted to return to her father's homeland to help the Samoan community by protecting the natural environment, especially the ocean. This led her to further her education at both San Diego Miramar College and the University of California - San Diego where she volunteered at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in 2020 and became a part of the RAY community in 2021. 

She looks forward to using her time as a RAY Fellow to develop her professional skills and experiences, and to deepen her understanding of the environment and the people around her. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and hanging out with family and friends.