Danni Washington is known as a science communicator and avid ocean advocate aiming to share her knowledge of the ocean and other scientific concepts through TV shows! The African American is setting an example on female minorities inclusion while pursuing a path around STEM. She's fun, possesses a whirlwind of charisma, science smarts, and she's blazing a trail in the #SciComm field! Here is her bio:
Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about the oceans and science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was six years old. Growing up, she knew she was a little different but her mother repeatedly told her to follow her passions.
At age 21, she co-founded along with her mom, the Big Blue & You - a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.
"When we breathe in oxygen, one out of every two breaths was created out of processes in the ocean. A lot of people have that mixed up; they think it's just the trees providing the oxygen for us, but it's the ocean as well. I'm hoping the women coming up into this field and into marine science will be focused on expanding and sharing that message on a broader level. The sense of wonder and curiosity every time I looked at the ocean and horizon really sparked something inside me."
Upon graduating from University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Marine Science/Biology, Danni Washington co-founded a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media called the Big Blue & You. She has also wowed audiences as an on-camera personality for a variety of projects including Untamed Science, Ocean GEMS, and co-starred alongside Jaden Smith in the educational outreach video for the film After Earth (you know that "small" film with some "up and coming actors" Will Smith and Jaden Smith?). All jokes aside, this is a wondrous feat.
"Being a science communicator is important because representation matters. As the first African-American woman to host her own science television show, I think about the millions of young girls who might be thinking about pursuing a career in STEM and simply need to connect with role models that look like them to believe that it's possible."
"As a science communicator, I can be the catalyst that can help make that change for the better. Plus, it's a lot of FUN being a science communicator!"
"I became a certified scuba diver at 17 and finally had the opportunity to go under a wave and experience the magnificent world under the ocean. That fascination, that curiosity has not waned - it is full force for me all the time. And I just want to connect people to the water, to the ocean, to show them that our lives on the planet are dependent on the ocean and we're at a tipping point."
Danni Washington has a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet to express herself including dance, film and music. She is an avid scuba diver, passionate curly girl, stand-up paddleboarding enthusiast, MOCHA MERMAID and overall lover of the natural world, she is ALWAYS ready for an ADVENTURE.
"From the time I was very young I knew that I wanted to be a voice and a face for the ocean. The Ocean can't keep humans up-to-date with what's going on, and I realized the disconnect between academia and understanding. I wanted to get the word out and not only talk about the bad things happening, but the beauty and how to connect with the ocean in general. I believe there's a reason we all are made of 75% water in our bodies."
As we face challenges like climate change and ocean pollution, it's important that there is a real connection and line of communication between the general public and the science community. Sometimes, there seems to be a disconnect between the two and not enough conversation about what scientists are discovering today. When we have those conversations between the general public and the science community, that's when change will happen.
She does a fantastic job of sharing the world through her fun social media posts and TV shows.