During her doctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in San Diego, California, she gained 7 years of oceanographic experience as a member of the Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program, collecting acoustic data using bottom-mounted sensors and acoustic tags that are applied with suction-cups on the whale’s bodies. She has performed fieldwork with gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico and other whale species along the California coast, in Southeast Alaska and in the Arctic Ocean. Melania is a certified AAUS Scientific diver and has completed Cold Water/Weather Survival training and Helicopter Underwater Egress training (HUET).
Universidad de Costa Rica. There, she interned at the Applied Nuclear Physics Laboratory, performing spectral analyses with a Residual Gas Analyzer Mass Spectrometer. Growing up in San Jose, Melania also attended the German-language immersion Humboldt Schule and is fluent in German, Spanish and English.
In her spare time, Melania enjoys communicating her passion for science through public outreach programs, visiting local schools, and has appeared on televised media encouraging women into STEM careers.