A conversation around life after earning a PhD with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Whether you are an undergrad exploring options or PhD candidate, this conversation centers around DDCSP Alumni and ELP Fellow questions and concerns about this major life transition. 

"Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Ayana envisions and works toward a healthy ocean that supports food security, economies, and cultures. Her clients include World Wildlife Fund, Bezos Family Foundation, XPRIZE, Pioneer Works, and Lonely Whale. She teaches at New York University as an adjunct professor and mentors next generation ocean leaders.

Ayana earned a B.A. from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology, with a dissertation on the ecology, socio-economics, and policy of sustainably managing coral reefs. For her research, she was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Switzer Foundation, and American Association of University Women. The fish trap she invented to reduce bycatch won the first Rare/National Geographic Solution Search. She has been a resident at TED, a scholar at the Aspen Institute, and named to the Grist 50 and UCSD 40 Under 40 Alumni." - From Dr. Johnson's website