T’Noya Thompson

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T'Noya Thompson

T’Noya Thompson is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. T’Noya was born and raised in the Bahamas, which fostered a deep connection to the ocean and inspired her career path early in life. T’Noya holds a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and an MA in Biology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Southeastern University. T’Noya’s career includes work at the Moody Gardens Zoo and the Galveston Bay Foundation. Currently, T’Noya works with the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE), where she is the Manager of Research, Evaluation, and eeBlue, a five-year partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. T’Noya is passionate about wildlife, environmental education, and supporting conservation and equity through community engagement.

Project Overview

Bahamians, Birds, and Botany

Nassau, Bahamas
T’Noya’s project will focus on the community, birds, and the environment in Nassau, Bahamas. It will merge collaborative efforts between established scientists, organizations, and students, in efforts to fill important bird species data gaps and foster youth environmental advocacy. Using the eBird citizen science tool, engaging training from conservationists, and youth development, the program will be evaluated to determine best practices for positive conservation impact in the Bahamas. This opportunity gives Bahamian students the chance to connect to wildlife conservation and fosters the growth of environmental literacy and youth voice. It also makes an essential connection between conservation leaders of today and the future.