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Meet Anjali Boyd

Photo of Anjali BoydAnjali Boyd is a marine ecologist, educator, entrepreneur, and elected official. Anjali received her B.S. in Marine Science as an NOAA Hollings Scholar from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is currently a Duke University Ph.D. student and Dean’s Graduate Fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment. Anjali’s research examines how species interactions (both intra and inter) and physical forces interact to regulate the recovery of foundation species to environmental stressors. Ultimately, she aspires to develop novel ecosystem-based restoration and management practices to restore foundation species worldwide.

Anjali has been a member of ESA since 2018. Since being a member, she has served on a few different committees, she has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ecological Society of America’s Student Section, an appointed member of the Ecological Society of America’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice taskforce, a member of numerous ESA committees (e.g. Publications, Meetings, and Diversity and Education), and finally, Treasurer/Secretary of the Society of Wetland Scientists’ Student Association. Anjali also explained that she is “fiercely committed to increasing the representation of women and ethnic minorities in ocean sciences and elevating the voices and contributions of student and early-career scientists.”

As the director of iNviTechnology (iNviTECH), Anjali works to correct the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities in STEM fields through educational entrepreneurial programs to engage young children ages 0-5 and K-12 students. She also serves as an elected official in her hometown of Durham, N.C., as Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor and as of recently was selected as an Early Career Liaison on the U.S. National Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.