Melissa Cristina Márquez is a multi-hyphenate Latina in STEM.
Currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University, Márquez is interested in what environmental factors influence the composition and distribution of elasmobranchs using a variety of marine technology.
She has become a household name thanks to her Scholastic books (the "Wild Survival" series) and TV presenter roles (BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and OceanX). Host of the ConCiencia Azul Spanish podcast, Melissa is passionate about making the scientific industry more diverse and inclusive, including making all of her educational content bilingual. Her social media platforms engage a community of over 40,000 through which Melissa encourages meaningful conversations about a variety of topics.
Along with monthly articles for Forbes Science, her work has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, People Chica, and GQ; she is a Forbes "30 Under 30" honoree, and was listed as one of InStyle's "BadAss Women for 2021."
Melissa is currently aboard the OceanXplorer in the Atlantic Ocean as a scientific advisor/natural history show presenter.