Marine Biologist, Citizen Science Innovator, Marine Life Identification Educator
Christy Pattengill-Semmens is a marine biologist whose work as one of the Executive Directors of Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) intersects ocean citizen science, education, and conservation. She oversees all aspects of REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project, one of the longest-running and largest marine life sightings programs, engaging an army of volunteer divers and snorkelers. As lead scientists for REEF’s long-running Grouper Moon Project, Christy and her husband Brice were named Sea Heroes by Scuba Diving magazine in 2019 for their work on studying and protecting spawning aggregations of the endangered Nassau Grouper. As the mother of three certified divers, Christy strives to bring her family on her adventures in the field whenever possible.