ESP Biography

SIERRA GARCIA, Stanford junior studying Earth Systems

Major: Earth Systems

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

Picture of Sierra Garcia

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a Stanford junior from Monterey, California. I grew up obsessed with the ocean, and honestly not much has changed! My freshman year at Stanford, I embarked on Stanford@SEA, a quarter-long oceanographic sailing expedition across the Pacific Ocean (my year, we did Tahiti to Hawaii). I spent the first quarter of my junior year studying abroad through Stanford in Australia, where I was able to learn about (and visit) the Great Barrier Reef, among other places. While there, I conducted a research project on how different combinations of acidity, water temperature, and algal competition affect coral. My interests include ocean conservation, science communication, and environmental education. I enjoy teaching people of all backgrounds and experiences about the ocean!

Past Classes

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R5776: Discovering Dory: Introduction to Coral Reefs in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
This class is a broad exploration of coral reefs: their ecology, the many species they support, and their importance to people. You don't need to know much about these topics to take the class!

B4067: Discovering Nemo: Let’s Explore Coral Reefs in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
How do cars, clownfish, and tsunami protection connect? Why are coral reefs called “the rainforests of the sea?” To find out, sign up for this interactive lecture/discussion on coral reefs. This class is for anyone, from ocean enthusiasts to people who haven’t thought about reefs since watching Finding Nemo. We will learn about some amazing features of coral reefs: what they are and what they do, some of the animals that live on them, why they are important to humans, and what we can do to protect and preserve them.