Mariana Rocha de Souza

Mariana Rocha de Souza, an AAUW Career and Leadership Development Grant recipient, checked in with us and let us know how our grant will help advance her future.

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“I am Mariana Rocha de Souza, a Brazilian 5th year PhD candidate at UH Manoa. My work focuses primarily on coral’s response to climate change. The AAUW Career and Leadership Development Grant will allow me to attend and present my work at ICRS 2021 that will be held July 18th-23rd at Bremen, Germany. ICRS 2021, the 14thInternational Coral Reef Symposium, is held once every 4 years and is the primary international conference on coral reef science, conservation and management, bringing together leading scientists, early career researchers, conservationists, ocean experts, policy makers, managers and the public.
Sharing my work in this international conference will have a big impact on my career, as it will allow me to network with scientists worldwide and discuss the latest scientific findings and ideas in the field. ICRS 2021 will be the key event to develop science-based solutions addressing the present and future challenges of coral reefs. I am currently finishing my PhD at UH Manoa and this will be my only opportunity as a student to present at this important conference. The connections I make at the conference can provide me with opportunities for postdocs and other career options after the PhD.

I am really grateful for the AAUW Honolulu for this opportunity!”