Dana Tricarico received her Master's of Professional Science from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2015. Her thesis focused on disseminating crucial information to local visitors and stakeholders of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties concerning the invasive lionfish species, and she carried out this research as a Fish and Wildlife Intern at Biscayne National Park (BNP). Upon completion, she was offered a Biological Science Technician and Interpretation position at BNP, and later used her skills to work as a contracted fisheries biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coordinating their Pelagic Observer Program.
Dana graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, in 2014. She also graduated with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Globalization Studies. As an undergraduate, Dana was the two-time co-captain of Siena College's Division I Swimming and Diving Program. Throughout her work at these positions, as well as her work at various other non-profits, she has honed in on the skillset of science communication.
In addition to her current role, she maintained her certification as an AAUS scientific diver, National Park Service Blue Card Holder for their dive teams and is also a PADI Divemaster. Using her expertise, she continues to monitor the local resources and introduces many newcomers to the underwater world.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Major Field Award Winner (Environmental Studies) (2014)
Leo Dufort Award (2014)
Outstanding Academic Athlete Award (2014)
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team (2011-2014)
"Fill Her Shoes" Leader (2013)
Siena College Presidential and Dean Scholar (2010-2014)