Maitê Ghazaleh Bucher began as an Instructor of Biology at NCSSM’s Durham campus in August 2022. Maitê is a marine biologist and environmental microbiologist. As an undergraduate earning her bachelor’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, she studied the effects of environmental change on coral biology and Vibrio bacteria. She earned her doctoral degree at University of Georgia, where she studied coral disease and coral-associated bacterial communities. Maitê also managed a laboratory as a post-doctoral researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill. Most recently she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigating anthropogenic impact on aquatic ecosystems in Puerto Rico. Maitê is passionate about science communication and outreach. She enjoys writing science articles for the public and participates in the Scientific Research and Education Network SciREN to provide local K-12 educators lesson plans based on cutting-edge research. She is also enthusiastic about mentorship and research-based learning. As a Brazilian immigrant, Maitê is a strong advocate for diversity, inclusivity, and equality. In her free time, Maitê is a PADI SCUBA Diving Instructor and enjoys taking care of her saltwater aquariums. For more information about Maitê’s expertise, visit https://maitebucher.com.