Diva Amon is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she is conducting an environmental baseline study on megafauna living in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean before the deep-sea mining of manganese nodules begins. She has spent most of her life in Trinidad and Tobago but went to the UK to complete a Master of Marine Biology at the University of Southampton (UK) and a PhD in Ocean and Earth Science jointly based at the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum, London. Her PhD research focused on deep-sea biology, specifically the ecology of chemosynthetic environments such as hydrothermal vents, whale falls and wood falls. Her work also focused on bone-eating worms found at whale falls and wood-eating clams found at wood falls.
Diva Amon graduated from the University of Southampton, UK in 2009 with a Masters degree in marine biology and returned home to Trinidad and Tobago to work for a year. After she undertook a PhD in ocean and earth science jointly based at the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum which she completed in late 2013.
"Why are you excited about working on Nautilus? Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, I often wondered what existed down in the depths of the sea off my doorstep. Finally with the help of Nautilus, we are able to catch a glimpse of the amazing animals and habitats that exist down there and it is brilliant to be a part of that!"