Zoe Gentes is a San Diego native who earned two degrees in Geological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. After earning a Bachelor’s degree, she worked in the Whale Acoustics Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in her hometown before returning to URI to earn a Master’s degree at the Graduate School of Oceanography. Her thesis examined the geochemistry deep below an underwater volcano in the South Pacific. Zoe also has an extensive writing background. She earned an undergraduate Minor in writing and rhetoric, served as a science communications intern at Rhode Island Sea Grant, and was a science communication fellow at the Geological Society of America and STEPPE. She continues to write and edit for Oceanbites, a marine science blog that aims to make oceanographic research accessible to non-scientists. Most recently, she participated in the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, spending a year working on ocean policy issues in Washington, D.C. with Congressmen Sam Farr and Jimmy Panetta.