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About Me

Hi! I'm Maddie.

I love learning things and crafting visuals
that break down complex scientific concepts for the public.



I hope that my work gets other people as excited as I am about exploring the amazing world around us.

In 2020 I graduated from Duke University where I majored in marine biology and minored in visual media studies. While there, I conducted an undergraduate thesis on brittle stars which contributed to our understanding of how these gangly invertebrates might be able to learn.


Outside the lab I also produced an explainer video about a student-designed whale tag that won a Duke science journalism award, and spent a summer in DC interning with the National Geographic Society's video production department.

My first job after graduation was at Complexly, where I brought educational concepts to life using illustrations and motion graphics on SciShow. Currently, I’m working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as their Science Communication Fellow, using my research background and multimedia skills to translate the institute's incredible work for the public.

When I'm not at my desk, you can find me animal-watching on the beach, doodling on the couch, or catching up on my perpetual list of shows that I've been meaning to check out. As someone who was raised in the Philippines and is currently based in California, I also love exploring the world below the waves through scuba diving and underwater photography/videography.

Select Awards & Certifications

Principles of Animation (Animation Bootcamp)

School of Motion


Visual Essay Production (Explainer Camp)

School of Motion


Merritt Science Communications Award

Duke Pratt School of Engineering


Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver



Duke University

  • BSc in Biology, Concentration in Marine Biology

  • Minor in Visual Media Studies

Aug 2016 - May 2020

Select Experience


Science Communication Fellow

Jul 2022 - Jul 2024


Videomaker | Animator

Jun 2020 - Apr 2021 | Apr 2021 - Jun 2022

National Geographic Society

Video Production Intern

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Duke Conservation Tech

Director of Media

Feb 2017 - May 2020

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