Emelia currently resides in Oceanside, CA and works at MO BIO Laboratories as a Research Scientist in R&D. She received her master’s and PhD degrees at University of Massachusetts Boston studying both medically important microorganisms as well as microbes that live in soil. During her postdoctoral work, she was investigating microbes that live in hydrothermal vent ecosystems and on the surface of plants. Because microorganisms are literally found everywhere, she has traveled to very remote places to sample, and is thankful for every opportunity to be on the ocean. Emelia participated in Plastics at SEA: North Atlantic and North Pacific Expeditions where she worked to better understand the role that microbes play in plastic pollution in the ocean.