(c) Deron Verbeck



Graduate Student

B.S. Biology - Dominican University

M.S. Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science - University of Hawaii at Hilo [in progress]

Camelita graduated from Dominican University in Illinois in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in biology. She took a year off of school after graduation to teach and spent a lot of her spare time volunteering at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Her passion and love for the ocean led her to the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and where she is currently working towards her Master's degree. She is partnering with HURC to create curricula that teaches the importance of whale shark conservation to students in grades K-12. Her drive to spread awareness about marine conservation makes her work with HURC enjoyable and allows her to work with an organization that shares the same passion as she does. 


“The more we learn about whale sharks and specifically those in Hawaiian waters, the more we learn we do not know. How exciting is that?!”

Carmelita Villalobos