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Leslie with curly hair in a black printed dress and black cardigan smiling agains a white background

As a graduate student at The University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences, my research explores the impacts of climate change on oyster aquaculture along the Georgia coast.


I received my B.S. in Biology from Spelman College, and later my M.S. in Biology from Clark Atlanta University. My M.S. thesis research was conducted at The Georgia Institute of Technology through the Ratcliff Lab. 


I am passionate about increasing diversity in marine science through my work with #BlackInMarineScience. My goal is to blaze a trail for young Black marine scientists following my path!

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, SCUBA, (really anything involving water), traveling, and trying new foods!

Leslie on top of mountain in Lake Tahoe ready to ski
Leslie standing on a rocky outcrop on a beach in Aruba with waves crashing in the background
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