Howard Forbes, Jr., MSc
My name is Howard Forbes Jr., and I am currently serving as the St. Thomas Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) which operates through the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). I obtained both my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and my Masters in Marine and Environmental Sciences degree from UVI. While a student at UVI, I was a MARC Scholar (Minority Access to Research Careers) where I was given the opportunity to conduct research in laboratories both at UVI and at Rutgers University. Much of my research interests revolve around medicinal chemistry and mangrove ecology and these interests have helped to shape my role as the VIMAS Coordinator. In this capacity, I have begun exploring techniques used to help effectively communicate science to a broad audience. As the Director of the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program, which is a 4-week marine science-based summer program that uses the ocean as the lens through which we teach students about the importance and value of our oceans, I get to provide a unique hands-on experience to our Virgin Islands youth that can inspire them to not only find a passion in exploring the outdoors, but to also explore career paths in the geosciences. Being a native Virgin Islander, this is home for me and I enjoy living here as it gives me the opportunity to spend my time scuba diving and also hiking through mangrove forests.