Liyah Smith, originally from Meridian, Mississippi, completed a B.S. in Biology at Jackson State University as a NOAA CCME Undergraduate Scholar. She is now a NOAA CCME Masters Scholar studying for her M.S. in Biology at Florida A&M University.
Liyah is interested in pursuing a career in marine and environmental science that will combine her love of the natural world with her love of art. Her research studies included illustrating and describing a new species of tanaid crustacean under the supervision of NOAA CCME Faculty member Dr. Brent Thoma.