Ocean & Climate Scientist | Science Communicator

About Priya

I am a PhD Candidate at UC Davis in Ted Grosholz's lab studying how climate change affects shellfish aquaculture operations within the coastal ocean. I am currently a contributor for Forbes, writing about ocean and climate science. Prior to this, I received my Master's in Ecology from Matt Edwards' Lab at San Diego State University in 2015. And, I received my Bachelor's in Environmental Science and Management (with a minor in Oceanography) from UC Davis in 2011. I have also worked as an environmental consultant, high school teacher, policy specialist, public educator, and lab manager.

I am currently a California Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow , studying whether we can induce thermal tolerance in the farmed Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. I am also a National Science Foundation Research Trainee in the Sustainable Oceans Program at UC Davis. In 2019, I was a Policy Engagement Fellow and Scientist Sentinel with COMPASS Science Communication.



E-mail Address

pshukla [at]

Mailing Address

Bodega Marine Laboratory
2099 Westshore Road
Bodega BA, CA 94923

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Belonging

The lack of diversity in the marine sciences is well-documented. As an able-bodied, cis-het woman of color, I simlutaneously experience privilege and marginalization.Thus, I aim to create environments and imbue a sense of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging in all of my endeavors. Additionally, I actively work to improve the communities I am a part of to create a more welcoming and just marine science enterprise. Towards these goals, I participate in and consult on projects that aim to improve representation in this discipline; a selection are provided below:

  • Rowan Institute, Founding Board Member (2018-Present)
  • Resources for Emerging Ocean Scientists, Lead Mentor (2020-21)
  • Black in Marine Science, Organizer (2020)
  • Western Society of Naturalists Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Co-Founder (2017)