The NSF REU Co-PI, a former Ford Foundation Fellow and inaugural University Teaching Fellow at GSU, is trained in geology and marine biology with work focused in paleobiology, community ecology, and science education. Dr. Visaggi co-mentored 27 students from 2008-2010 in field and lab research through a Biodiversity Conservation REU (NSF Award #0755109). She co-led the GSU Belize study abroad course (2013-2015), instituted mapping of shoreline litter and reef diversity/health, co-directed GSU Honors and M.S. theses in Belize, and co-founded BGX. She has received awards for promoting underrepresented groups in STEM and her contributions to large-scale collaborative projects include the development of international databases for natural resources. She will virtually co-mentor students studying debris in coastal communities.