Costa Rica: Sea Turtle + Marine Conservation

Meet your Broadreach Instructors!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Hello 2022 Broadreach-ers!

We are super excited to meet you all so soon, here is a little bit about us:

Mugdha Flores
Mugdha is thrilled to meet her students this summer and share her passion for conservation on the Costa Rica Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation program. She grew up on the west coast of India and developed a love for the ocean. She moved to the United States to earn her BS and MS in marine biology at the Florida Institute of Technology, where she focused on fisheries management and the biology of deep-sea fish. She has conducted fieldwork to explore deep-sea ecosystems near California and Hawai’i and to study community-based fisheries in Costa Rica. Mugdha discovered her passion for education while working at a zoo, teaching marine science programs, and leading students on field trips in Florida. She worked for a non-profit for a few years where she developed and managed educational programs about plastic pollution to inspire communities to care for their coastlines. To combine her love for conservation and outreach, Mugdha now works as a science communicator for Washington State. She grew up speaking three languages and is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marathi. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, volunteering at a farm, hiking, scuba diving, surfing, eating ice cream, and snuggling with her dogs. She is excited to be back with Broadreach for her third summer and is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Mariana Rius
Mariana is so excited for her summer sharing her knowledge with her students this summer on our Costa Rica Sea Turtles and Marine Conservation program. Mariana completed her Ph.D in biological oceanography and her postdoctoral research at Stony Brook University. Mariana grew up in Rockville, Maryland, and participated in outdoor adventure programs similar to Broadreach as a teenager. Both of her parents were born and raised in Argentina so she is a fluent Spanish speaker and avid traveler. As a teenager, Mariana started SCUBA diving and fell in love with marine biology. In her free time, she loves just about all things outdoors, including camping, hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding and doing yoga! Since finishing her postdoc, Mariana has been enjoying a year-long sabbatical, traveling across the United States and Mexico finding some of the best rock climbing and adventures this continent has to offer. Mariana can’t wait for her next adventure with her students this summer in Costa Rica!

Pura vida!