Portrait by Jim Virga, my favorite professor. Interviewing Sama Dilaut village elders in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines .Co-Directors of BADJAO. Alice Dugan and myself. Alicante, Spain Exploring Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Portrait by Natalie Edgar Working with Sama Dilaut children in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines.Standing alongside the very gracious Tawi-Tawi police. Sleepwalking in South Korea Alicante, Spain. Portrait by Jim Virga.

Marlena Skrobe is an alumna of the University of Miami who studied Marine Affairs, Visual Journalism and Anthropology. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to Miami in 2008 to pursue a career in visual journalism in order to help spread awareness about the most prominent problems facing our oceans. Long thought of as an endless resource shared between countries, this “renewable” resource has been left utterly depleted. Scientific uncertainty, mismanagement, and environmental degradation have affected various peoples around the world.

Marlena uses informative visuals to spread awareness about such problems as globalization, overfishing, the lack of ecosystem-based management, and other key ocean policy issues. Since her start as a photojournalist, she has traveled to places such as China, Vietnam, Bali, the Bahamas, Spain, and Greece to learn about and document the affects of these issues on local communities and marine ecosystems.

She helped run a Marine Species Database, DAMSL.org, a website used as an educational and scientific tool to locate species and she previously worked with a nonprofit organization that educates kids on the ocean, The Big Blue and You. She was the photo editor of the University of Miami newspaper, The Miami Hurricane. After graduating from the University of Miami in May of 2012 she was the photo intern with the R.J. Dunlap Conservation Lab, a shark conservation program associated with the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences.

Though her main focus is the marine environment, she has since moved to New York City in order to surround herself in the production world. She interned with Public Record , a production company located in Brooklyn, during the summer of 2014. She has since taken the roll of casting coordinator for Jeremiah Zagar’s first narrative film, “We The Animals.” When she is not running auditions and coordinating casting, she is freelance editing and assisting productions around the Tri-state area.

Her passion for the marine environment is still strong. She’s currently developing a documentary about the Badjao, one of the last sea fairing indigenous cultures in the world.