Shea Murphy – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS sophomore Emma Paliotta is out to change the world, or more specifically, the ocean.
Paliotta is part of the SCUBAnauts International, an organization that is designed to educate teens 12-18 years-old in the marine sciences, enabling them to make a positive impact on the environment and empowering them to become tomorrow’s leaders.
There are chapters in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and North Carolina. They meet every month and have regional meetings four times a year, usually at Mote Marine as it hosts SCUBAnauts here in Florida.
Through SCUBAnauts Paliotta conducts scientific research and works alongside other marine biologists. Some of her most recent research projects include shark tagging in conjunction with the University of Miami, coral restoration with Mote Marine, diving and science lessons in conjunction with Florida colleges, and fish and benthic surveys.
Paliotta aspires to be a marine biologist and SCUBAnauts International has been the perfect way for her to gain experience.
Through SCUBAnauts International she has completed a Divers Alert network (DAN) certification in first aid, and most importantly an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) certification as a scientific diver.
Through her AAUS certification as a scientific diver she can perform scientific research tasks to help learn and benefit the ocean.
Paliotta states “I am grateful to be a part of this organization as it opens many doors for my future as a marine biologist.”