Lindsey-Dougherty PhD

Principal Scientist

Lindsey Dougherty was scuba certified at 14 years old in a freezing, zero-visibility lake in land-locked Colorado, and has been underwater ever since. She taught scuba in Zanzibar as a PADI instructor, she is an AAUS scientific diver, and she has been lucky enough to dive for work, research, and recreation all over the world.

Lindsey is an avid underwater photographer, and recently was the photographer/videographer for the Seattle Aquarium expedition to Indonesia. Lindsey has written articles and taken UW photographs for Biosphere, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, and Scientific American magazines, as well as the cover of scientific journals.

Lindsey’s love of photography stems from her background in animal behavior - she received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2016 on the flashing “disco” clam, and did the majority of her research throughout Indonesia. Her research has been featured in over 50 new stories, including the New York Times, CNN, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. She continued her research in her post-doc at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches Tropical Marine Ecology.

Lindsey does as much ocean outreach as possible, having participated in many educational and public programs throughout California and Colorado. She is a Scientific Advisory Board member for the Ocean First Institute, and teaches an annual marine biology course with photography to recreational scuba divers during a week-long dive trip. Lindsey is ecstatic to be joining the Elysium Expedition to the Coral Triangle to combine photography, storytelling, and science, and contribute to a sea change in this epic region of underwater biodiversity.