my story

With experience in reporting, editing, and podcast production, Marissa Garcia is a marine biologist and science journalist who seeks to bring stories about the environment to the hands of the public. She is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University studying Natural Resources, where she is using her studies to develop an analytical marine policy lens. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned an A.B. degree with Highest Honors in Integrative Biology and a secondary in Environmental Science & Public Policy. Long-term, she hopes to be a scientist dedicated to covering climate policy, especially as it relates to ocean management.

She’s educated as a marine scientist, and her research lies at the intersection of marine mammals, population modeling, and acoustic technology. Her studies have primarily focused on the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered cetacean in the New England region with fewer than 400 remaining. As a scientist studying the issue, she’s also become keenly aware of how other stakeholders are working together to determine the right whale’s fate. This experience has also led her to embrace journalism as a way to capture the knowledge and opinions of all sides affected by a scientific issue.

She has reported for CalMatters, where she is keeping the beat on California policy and politics at the Capitol, focusing on science and the environment. She was a Digital Media Resident with the Dow Jones News Fund and a member of both the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. While at Harvard, she served as Editor-in-Chief and Podcast Editor of the Harvard Independent, the oldest weekly newspaper at any American university. In her time at the Independent, she covered stories spanning restaurant closures due to COVID-19, indie band rockers-turned-writers, and university sustainability efforts. With a passion for science communication, she also wrote for NOAA Sanctuaries for a year. She used words to travel to great depths, telling stories about invasive algae and octopus gardens. Her writing has appeared in ECO Magzine and also among 40+ local news outlets.

While not analyzing whale sounds or searching for the headline among the science, she is otherwise found searching for the best coffee in town.