Kim Etsitti, a teacher at Navajo Pine Middle School in Gallup, New Mexico, has been selected as a 2024 Science Communication Fellow by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). A native of Chinle, Arizona, Etsitti will sail this fall on OET’s research vessel Nautilus as part of the deep ocean team involved in the unique STEAM initiative exploring deep-sea biology and geology within the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

Etsitti was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants and will be one of 13 fellows from various schools, science centers and non-profit organizations across the Pacific and North America. She expressed her excitement at the opportunity to engage with classrooms around the world and share insights about the importance of water. Etsitti believes that indigenous peoples’ ecological knowledge, including the Dune worldview, can contribute to land and water restoration. She sees her election as a chance to serve as a role model for future Indigenous scholars and to exchange cultural perspectives with leading scholars.

During her time at sea, Etsitti will have a platform to connect with students through You can learn more about Kim and her upcoming experience by visiting the website.

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