Meet one of our amazing Ocean Mentor: Dr. Alejandra Sanchez-Rios
Updated: Sep 16
It has been said that “Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.”
NERDS RULE INC. and Scripps Institution of Oceanography team up for our NERDS RULE INC. T.R.I.B.E Ambassador mentorship program.
Meet one of our amazing Ocean Mentor: Dr. Alejandra Sanchez-Rios Dr. Alejandra Sanchez-Rios is a postdoctoral fellow in physical oceanography. She is originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico where she grew up. As a kid she often went to different beach towns around the baja coast, where her dad used to work and spent a lot of time looking at the ocean. By the end of high school she realized ocean science was a career she could pursue and enrolled in college at Ensenada Baja California State University. She has been studying the ocean since 2006 and has spent many months in a research vessel studying how the ocean currents move around the planet, transporting heat and salt. She is also passionate about creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment in academia with a social justice lense.
Why become an Ocean Ambassador? During this program, you will take scientific information about our oceans and use it to understand 1) how different communities relate to their natural environment, 2) how the natural environment changes with time and 3) the steps that can be taken to improve the future of our environment and communities. Using the resources available at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, you will be able to explore your own connections with the ocean and tell your story.
Through this program, you will learn how to use ocean data to understand climate patterns. Variables like seawater temperature, seawater salinity, current speeds, species population numbers, and storm frequency all change with time. You will become familiar with the processes that lead to these changes and learn how scientists use data to predict where the effects of climate change will be greatest. You will also explore the possible steps we can take to mitigate the problems created by climate change. The Ocean Ambassadors Program aims to build resilience in the new generation through data-based education using information that is readily available to the public. Armed with information, we can understand what needs to be done to improve the quality of life in our communities and the health of our oceans.