Lindsey Dougherty grew up in land-locked Colorado, so her childhood aspirations naturally centered around scuba diving. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches tropical marine ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She recently joined the Elysium Epic Expedition as the principal scientist for coral, she is an Ikelite Ambassador and a scientific advisory board member for the Ocean First Institute, and she has a gallery show at the Broomfield Auditorium in Colorado from May-July, 2019. Having worked, studied, dived, and traveled in nearly 40 countries, she is perpetually jet-lagged, yet has unabated wanderlust. Her first scientific love will always be the "disco clam."