Dr. Erika Woolsey is a marine biologist and CEO of The Hydrous (www.thehydro.us), a nonprofit that translates scientific discovery into public understanding using frontier technologies. She has been exploring coral reefs around the world for 15 years and conducted most of her research on the Great Barrier Reef where she investigated the effects of warming temperatures on coral populations. Erika received her PhD from James Cook University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, earned her Masters of Applied Science in Coastal Management from the University of Sydney, and studied Biology and Art History at Duke University. Erika believes that human connection to nature can change the world and is heartened by the passion, responsibility, and hope of Heirs to Our Oceans. The Heirs, especially Heir Charley Peebler, have been blessed by Erika’s commitment to mentoring youth and providing them exceptional learning opportunities.