Derrick Omollo is a graduate student who believes that continuous learning is necessary in the field of marine science. He has attended over 10 workshops and conferences in the last three years, the last one being Ocean Governance for Africa organized by The International Ocean Institute, South Africa. As a research associate at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Derrick works in the Oceanography and Hydrography department and has a special interest in carbon accounting and biodiversity assessment of mangrove and seagrass ecosystems. Recently he was awarded the 2021- Marine Research Grant (MARG1) of Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) to assess variation of organic carbon between intertidal and sub tidal seagrass meadows. He is excited to promote WIO-ECSN programs in Kenya by encouraging youth involvement in Marine science and blue economy innovation. Derrick is currently finishing his MSc degree in Biology of Conservation at the University of Nairobi.