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Meet Communications Intern, Hannah Shahmoradi

February 02, 2024

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Hannah Shahmoradi.

A woman is applying a tag to a shark that is about 3 feet long. Hannah Shahmoradi tagging a blacktip shark. Credit: Field School

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in southern and central Pennsylvania. Growing up in a land-locked state fueled my curiosity and respect for the ocean. Now I can’t imagine living anywhere far from the water!

Where did you go to school and in what subject did you get your degree(s)?

Currently, I am working towards a master’s degree in Marine Conservation at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. For my undergraduate degree, I attended the University of Maine where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science with a concentration in Marine Biology.

How did you come to work at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center?

A young woman with long, dark hair stands smiling behind a camera on a tripod with headphones on.
Hannah recording an interview for a short film. Credit: Victoria Vital

Ever since I was a kid, I have always had an interest in the arts (music, writing, art, film, etc.). I always loved reading nature magazines and watching documentaries. For my master’s program, I took a science and natural history media class, which further contributed to my interest in combining science and art. I saw this position and thought that it would be the perfect fit for me to pursue this passion!

What do you do at the science center?

I work with the communications team and we work on strategies to share the research being conducted at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center with the public. We develop social media content, write web stories and blog posts, attend conferences, and network with scientists throughout the center. 

What do you like most about your position?

I love the creative aspect of it. I have always enjoyed writing and photography, so being able to have a creative outlet is really nice. There’s always something new to learn and different ways to improve your writing skills, which has been a really beneficial component of working with this team. Additionally, I love to get out in the field and on the water. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to be able to do that through this position by working on the recent fall groundfish survey on a NOAA ship! 

What advice would you have for someone interested in a career at NOAA Fisheries?

A woman in flippers, a snorkel, and mask floats underwater.
Hannah freediving in the Caribbean. Credit: Amelia Pottash

Do your best to get involved! There’s always opportunities to network, attend conferences, and volunteer. Gaining experience and making connections is always a great way to get your foot in the door. 

Is there a book, quote, or person that influenced you to be the person that you are today? Tell us why.

It may sound cheesy, but I have been influenced by every person that has come into my life in different ways. I am beyond grateful to have been blessed with amazing family, friends, colleagues, and mentors throughout my life. 

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy scuba diving, freediving, playing guitar, anything involving nature and the outdoors, spending time with friends, and meeting new people. I also have been recently exploring music production which has been super cool to learn about! 

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Last updated by Southeast Fisheries Science Center on February 08, 2024