Shireen is a California-born, Miami-based, Iranian-American freelance image maker and Ph.D student studying coral reef ecology and visual media. She received a BS in environmental biology from Columbia University. She also received a lot of the other BS that comes with going to an ivy league. She did her senior thesis project with researchers at UC Santa Barbara and in Chile studying management in global fishing cooperatives. Like any other flourishing student, she was particularly focused in drinking on the beach. She has used her experience in social ecological systems in her work with California Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Science Trust, Sustainable Fishing Group, and Center for Ocean Solutions at home in California. She is currently studying the coral reef ecosystem of a Cuban national park, using ecological and ethnographic methods to inform the preventative management of increasing tourism in the park. She is also using photography and film to document the reef system and the people who interact with it as part of a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. Shireen hopes to create content that tells the stories of those who live in and depend on our ever-changing planet.
Shireen likes photography, swimming, snowboarding, surfing and sneaking into hotel pools. Her favorite sea animal is the puffin.
Check out her website at: shireenrahimi.com
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