Anjali D. Boyd is a marine ecologist, educator, entrepreneur and elected official. At Duke University, she is a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Graduate Fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment. In addition, she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Ford Fellow and National Geographic Explorer. Her ongoing research focuses on developing more efficient and cost-effective restoration and management practices to restore and conserve vulnerable marine ecosystems. Boyd has published multiple scientific papers and reports, and her work has been recognized by the Smithsonian, NOAA, National Academy of Sciences, Aspen Institute and more.

Boyd is committed to increasing the representation of women and ethnic minorities in ocean science fields and elevating the voices and contributions of students and early-career scientists. She has held a myriad of leadership roles with prominent organizations and institutions. She is an early career liaisons to the U.S. National Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a member of the board of directors for Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science, and has served on numerous committees and taskforces at Duke University, Eckerd College and the Ecological Society of America. As the director of iNviTechnology, she works to combat the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities in STEM fields through educational entrepreneurial programs to engage children ages 0—5 and K—12 students. Anjali also serves as an elected official in her hometown of Durham, N.C. as the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.