Explore the Wonders and Mysteries of the ´Big Blue´ With Marine Biologist and TV Host Danni Washington
“Simply put…I am deeply passionate about our blue planet,” says Danni Washington, noted science communicator, ocean advocate, TV host and eco-entrepreneur in summing up her long-standing affinity with the sea and marine conservation. “I’ve been an ocean lover for as long as I can remember,” she adds. “The Big Blue continually gives me energy, freedom and peace. That is why I decided to dedicate my life to protecting the sea that I love so dearly.”
A native of Miami, FL with Jamaican heritage, Danni — who graduated in 2008 from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a Bachelor´s of Science degree in Marine Science/Biology — has already put her passion into action in exciting, high-profile ways. At age 21, she with her mother, Michelle Swaby-Smith, co-founded the 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization called The Big Blue & You , which is dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.
“I dreamed of studying the oceans since I was six years old,” says Danni, who also holds a deep love and appreciation of the arts, which she expresses via such creative outlets as dance, film and music. In her latest science communication project she is serving as the host of a brand new STEM educational TV Series which features the most current advances in bio-inspired technology and design called Xploration Nature Knows Best which aired nationwide on FOX, September 10th 2016. All episodes can now be viewed on Hulu. She will begin production of the 2nd season in early 2017.
Danni is also co-creator and producer of a new initiative called Sea Youth Rise Up which is a collaborative effort to elevate the role of youth leadership in ocean conservation policy and advocacy on World Oceans Day.
In addition, Danni´s young and prolific career has seen her serve as an on-camera personality and science filmmaker for three years with Untamed Science which created over 200 K-12 Science Educational Videos for Pearson Publishing that are currently in classroom textbooks across the US. She also hosted Ocean GEMS, a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teens to marine scientists mentors and role models inspiring them to pursue careers in marine science, and co-starred with Jaden Smith in the official educational outreach video for the theatrical film After Earth starring Jaden and his dad, actor Will Smith. Moreover, Danni´s passion for working with kids shone through as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where for four years she helped educate thousands of South Florida children about the local marine ecosystems.
In addition to her love of the marine science, outreach and the arts, Danni is also an avid scuba diver, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, yogi and overall lover of the outdoors.