Let’s welcome Triana Arguedas Alvarez (She/her) to our family! Triana is a fisheries scientist working towards her Master’s degree studying artesanal fisheries ecology of bull sharks in the S. Gulf of Mexico at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Campeche, Mexico!
What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a baby fisheries scientist… baby because I’m just starting out in my career. I’ve been working in fisheries science since 2015 at the University of North Florida studying nursery habitats of shark species. I’m currently prepping my thesis proposal to work on current relative abundance trends for the bull shark in the Southern Gulf of Mexico. #hype
What made you want to become a scientist?
Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to know how the world works. I always had questions and my parents always supported this constant need to learn more. My parents inspired me to go out and find the answers myself through reading and doing and fostering a sense of curiosity in nature.
“[Moving back to my parent’s home country] was a huge decision for me, but deep down I know this experience will only make me stronger and help me better understand life outside of the USA”Triana Arguedas Alvarez
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I’m a first generation american back in my parents home country for my master’s. This was a huge decision for me since I had never lived outside the United States, but deep down I know this experience will only make me stronger and help me better understand life outside of the US. I struggle with mental health issues and want to be able to connect with people that are battling similar circumstances and push for a better understanding of this trend in higher education. It’s important for graduate students to know what resources are available and understand that we have a right to feel heard and acknowledged.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I do crossfit and rock climb (not so much since moving, but still help run an inclusive all womxn climbing group in Jacksonville, Florida)
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
FOSTER GROWTH, NOT STRESS
“I always had questions and my parents always supported this constant need to learn more.”Triana Arguedas Alvarez
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I have been inspired by Jim Gelsleichter, Eugenie Clark, Sylvia Earle, and my mom 🙂
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
This week I was able to convince my committee that a mock monitoring/shark survey is possible in Los Petenes
#WomenInSTEM, LatinxInSTEM, #LatinasInSTEM