Allie Durdall, MSc

Program Assistant

My name is Allie Durdall and I’m a Watershed and Marine Technician at UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Science. Before working for UVI, I was in the Midwest getting my bachelor’s degree in psychology and general biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While there, I worked in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab where I gained a new perspective into the importance and science of communication. I also did a study abroad program on South Caicos Island, where I unearthed my marine science passion. This led me to the UVI Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program, where I got lots of hands-on scientific experience, as well as experience with outreach and science education. Before graduating in fall 2018, I interned with the Youth Ocean Explorers Program, and the Natural Conservancy’s coral nursery. My time at UVI has helped me realize the importance of fostering camaraderie among women and minorities in science, and I aim to continue doing outreach and science education throughout my academic career. I love living here in the USVI, and in my spare time I enjoy getting outside: snorkeling, running, SCUBA, gardening and hiking with my dog on this beautiful island!