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Angelica Moncada recently published an essay on diversity and inclusion in the Journal of American Fisheries Society.

The Editor in Chief of Fisheries Magazine approached Moncada to write an essay for the magazine’s special issue after hearing her talk about inclusion at a National Science Foundation conference. Her essay touches on the importance of opening doors to traditionally underrepresented groups in scientific fields and explains the challenges she had to overcome to achieve her current status as a PhD student.

“I believe inclusion is important in science because people from different backgrounds and with diverse life experiences can bring about ingenious questions, ideas and solutions. Not only will science as a whole benefit from innovative ideas, but also underrepresented sectors will be empowered by education,” Moncada said.

Read the original essay here.

Maria Pulido contributed to this story.