Mallory Morgan grew up in the warm Atlantic waters on the east coast of Florida where she worked as an ocean lifeguard, surf instructor, and a manager at a sea turtle hatchery. She first started diving in preparation for a summer internship in Fiji studying marine protected areas and was instantly addicted. Upon graduation from college at Florida State University, Mallory traveled to Australia, and later Bali, where she spent one year earning her PADI Divemaster. She knew this was the perfect career for her, and decided to earn her Instructor rating. She worked as an Instructor in the Catalina Islands of Costa Rica, and then in the cool waters of sunny San Diego, California. Mallory now volunteers as a scientific diver at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she recently earned a master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation. She currently works at the San Diego Foundation, a community philanthropy organization working to safeguard San Diego from drought, wildfire, sea level rise, increased heat waves, and other climate change impacts.