Nikita Shiel-Rolle has a Masters of Science in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. During her undergraduate career at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science Nikita founded Young Marine Explorers a non-profit organization committed to conservation and youth development. Between 2012 and 2015 Nikita was a Zoological Society of London EDGE Fellow, and developed the framework for a youth driven citizen science coral monitoring program in The Bahamas. Her innovative approach drew international attention and was featured in a documentary at a major coral reef exhibit at the Natural History Museum of London in 2015. Her deep passion for the ocean, exploration and education coupled with her love for The Bahamas has shaped her goals as a conservation biologist. In 2013, Nikita was recognized during the 40th anniversary of The Bahamas as one of 40 under 40 that will most likely shape the future of the country and was award the 2015 Bahamas Icon Award for Youth Development. A PADI dive instructor and NACD Cave Diver Nikita participated in the National Geographic Expedition on Bahamian Blue Holes as a research assistant working on cave microbiology. Nikita co-produced WAVES, a documentary about conservation and social change in The Bahamas. Additionally, Nikita is co-author of Islands of the Sun: A Tribute To The Northern Exuma Cays, which features her photography. The recipient of a number of scholarships and awards including those from the Lyford Cay Foundation, Rotary and the Organization of American States, Nikita is currently a studying Diadema antillarum for the Perry Institute for Marine Science.