Blue Parks Science Intern
Arianna Trapp is a senior at Coastal Carolina University earning her B.S. in Marine Science with a minor in Spanish. She grew up in the Metro-Atlanta area and spent summers and holidays visiting the beaches of South Florida. Her time on beaches and constant trips to the Georgia Aquarium sparked her interest in the ocean and its animals. Arianna has visited both the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and Costa Rica, where she was able to see first-hand how marine conservation efforts are benefiting habitats around the world.
So far in her time as an undergraduate student, Arianna has gained a deeper appreciation for ocean sciences, and ocean conservation in particular. Having started research for her senior honors thesis, Arianna is learning about the extent of knowledge that residents living on the South Carolina coast have on marine biodiversity in the area. She is the first person to do this kind of research on the coastline of the southeastern United States and is looking forward to making marine biodiversity and conservation a more household topic.
Arianna plans to take some time off of school to travel before attending graduate school to study conservation. She is a NAUI Open Water SCUBA Diver and enjoys yoga and cooking. Arianna is excited to use her experience and knowledge to contribute to the Blue Parks Program and continue nurturing her passion for the ocean.