Area of Expertise: Ecology and Field Biology, General Biology
Helaina Gomez grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and had the opportunity to appreciate and explore the biodiversity in the Southeast, driving her toward a career in freshwater conservation. Helaina received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Field Biology with a minor in General Biology at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. During her undergrad she was a founding member of the university’s chapter of the Ecological Society of America, joined the Coosa River Basin Initiative, and conducted research on freshwater mussels endemic to the area. After graduation Helaina dedicated her time to field work with Southeast Conservation Corps, working alongside the Forest Service in many National Forests of the Southeast. Helaina’s mission and career goals have also been built upon valuing water and wildlife, so she was thrilled to join the Tennessee Aquarium as an Educator and connect people with nature. Now, as the Watershed Coordinator, she uses her experience and skills to empower others to make informed decisions about the ways we impact water and wildlife.
My ideal Sunday is spent: Either on the water or in the woods, both with my dog Zoey
I collect: Business cards
Fun fact about me: I have a tattoo that gets me into a music festival for free
Education: B.S., 2020, Shorter University (Ecology and Field Biology)