As a young marine biologist, Alyssa Adler has had the opportunity to work as a diver in many capacities. For several years, she was a dedicated AAUS Scientific Diver for University of North Carolina on an offshore reef ecology project, and has participated in several of NOAA’s reef survey missions. She has been diving with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as an underwater videographer and ocean educator since 2014 and has fostered a love for the poles and extreme cold-water diving, spending most of her time underwater in sub-freezing temperatures.
In August of 2018 Alyssa was awarded a National Geographic Early Career grant with a focus on the remote and challenging Inian Islands of Southeast Alaska. The next year will involve extensive underwater documentation, observation, and data collection along select regional bull kelp forests. Through the Inian Islands Institute and the National Geographic Society she will tell the story of Nereocystis, an annual kelp which thrives in this productive temperate island ecosystem.