Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley has been studying the legendary corals around Bermuda for more than a decade. As she dove to collect small coral samples for genetics studies during her doctoral research, she saw not only the island’s underwater beauty, but also the explosive growth of a foreign invader on the reefs — the lionfish.

Now, Goodbody-Gringley is an Assistant Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), and also part of the Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce, a collaborative organization seeking strategies to manage lionfish populations. She often trades her pipette for a three-pronged spear, and her lab coat for four tanks of mixed gas that help her to descend to reefs 200 feet below the surface in search of lionfish.

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