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ESP Biography



NIA WALKER, Stanford PhD student, studying coral reefs




Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a 1st year PhD student at Stanford. I am interested in studying coral reefs to better understand and protect them as climate change impacts worsen. I get to travel for my research (so far I've gone to Palau, which is near the Philippines), which adds extra fun and unpredictability to my studies. I am a passionate marine conservationist and love talking to all types of people about how important the oceans are for the earth and for humans. I want to get as many people excited about marine biology as I can. The more people who care, the more work we can all do to protect these resources. I also enjoy exploring the outdoors (hiking, camping, going to beaches) and trying adventurous things (from cliff jumping to experimenting with local foods).



Past Classes

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B6780: Chasing Coral in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity. They bring in billions of dollars through tourism and fisheries! Come learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include hands-on activities on coral bleaching and coral natural “sunscreen”. The class will also show video clips from the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral”.


B6397: Chasing Coral in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity! Students will learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include hands-on activities and science experiments.


W6204: Chasing Coral in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity! Students will learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include video clips from the Netflix documentary "Chasing Coral" and hands-on activities.