Neina Chapa is a Master's student in the Coastal and Marine System Science program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a scholar of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. She is working in Dr. Pollack's Coastal Conservation and Restoration Ecology lab. Her thesis project will focus on assessing the ecological benefits provided by restored intertidal and subtidal oyster reef complex within the Mission- Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Neina received her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, where she completed a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates that investigated the physiological effects of extreme water temperatures on Caribbean coral species. Afterwards, she worked as a Biological Science and Fisheries Technician at multiple National Parks and as a Coral Restoration Technician in Oahu, Hawaii. Neina hopes her thesis project will help inform future management and policy in terms of coastal conservation and restoration.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to obscure places in the U.S. and being out-hiked by her rescue dog Gypsy June.