Miya is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing an M.S. in Marine Science through the California State University - Monterey Bay, at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Miya's research is focused on assessing littoral transport and pocket beach sediment dynamics in Monterey, CA under the supervision of Dr. Ivano Aiello and Dr. Rikk Kvitek. Miya earned her B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and subsequently worked as a Data Technician automating oceanographic data analysis and processing methods before beginning graduate school. She strives to pursue a career that integrates data science, ocean and earth sciences, and science communication.