The Indigenous Scientist Making Waves in Marine Conservation

Editor Brian Anderson traveled to the Salish Sea to hang out with drummer, diver, and scientist, Hozoji Matheson-Margullis.

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Apr 18 2018, 2:53pm

Image: Brian Anderson

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis wears several different hats. She is the drummer in a rock band, Helms Alee. She is a member of the Puyallup Tribe, native to Washington state. Her preternatural diving skills have made her a skilled harvester of geoducks, a massive clam that looks oddly like genitalia. And now as a marine biologist, she is one of the few Indigenous scientists in the country.

But while these seem like different, even conflicting, facets of Matheson-Margullis's identity, she brings a steady, meticulous lens to each part of her life. At a time when national politics threaten Indigenous populations and the environment they have protected and thrived on for centuries, she is trying to channel her work into change.

Motherboard editor Brian Anderson discusses his experience meeting and sailing with the 37-year-old on today's episode.

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