Diva Amon is a marine biologist and deep-sea explorer. In her role as a Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum in London, she researches the weird and wonderful animals in parts of the deep ocean few, if any, have visited before.
She has spent over a year of her life on expeditions around the world, exploring previously unknown ocean habitats from Antarctica to the Mariana Trench. She herself regularly ventures down into the depths in submersibles, with her deepest dive to 2.6 kilometres below the ocean surface in the Cayman Trench.
Studying the ever-increasing impacts that humans are having on the deep ocean, including deep-sea mining, pollution and climate change, has lead Diva to campaign for stricter regulations on the global stage, often speaking at the United Nations, International Seabed Authority, Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nobel Prize. Diva also shares her understanding and experience of this little-known environment with the public via the BBC, National Geographic and CNN, to name just a few, as well as regularly giving public talks at universities, conferences, festivals and companies.
Diva’s path, given her Caribbean origins, has been a unique one, and as a result, she works to increase accessibility and inclusivity in marine science. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit NGO, SpeSeas, dedicated to increasing marine science, education, and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.