Mariana Rocha de Souza

Knauss Fellow

Mariana Rocha de Souza joined NOAA in 2022 as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow working to support GOMO’s goals in the AtlanOS and Argo programs. Throughout her scientific career, Mariana has traveled to multiple countries studying conservation biology of marine organisms. Mariana is originally from Brazil and earned her B.S. in Biological Science at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and her Master’s in Oceanography and Marine Biology in the Universite Aix in Marseille, France studying biogeography of jellyfishes. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa investigating the impacts of future climate conditions on coral reefs, specifically the role of symbiotic algae in promoting coral resilience.

Mariana is very passionate about teaching, science communication, and outreach and has participated in podcasts and shows, contributed to international newspaper articles, and regularly does science workshops with high school students. In her free time, you can find her outside, hiking and diving.