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In the realm of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine), women are making remarkable strides, and leading the charge towards a more inclusive and knowledgeable future. One such inspiring figure is Melissa Cristina Márquez, a wildlife educator, marine scientist, writer and alumna of Team HB4.

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Photo: Melissa Cristina Márquez (HB4) 

Melissa has recently announced her first book for adults, titled ‘Shark Code: Lessons from Nature’s Fiercest Predators,’ a work that provides a new perspective on sharks and our oceans, challenging the common portrayal of these creatures.

Her work not only showcases the wonders of science but also aims to dispel the myth that sharks are nothing more than mindless predators. Having travelled across all seven continents and encountered some of the world’s greatest predators, ‘Shark Code’ is more than just a book; it is a call to reevaluate our perceptions.

By sharing her experiences and insights, Melissa invites readers to explore the complex world of sharks, highlighting their vital role in the ocean ecosystem.

Melissa’s commitment to education extends beyond her work for adults. In May 2024, she published her latest book for children, titled ‘Sea of Constellations’. This book educates young readers about the sea and emphasises the importance of ocean science.

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Through engaging storytelling, Melissa aims to inspire the next generation to value and protect our oceans and ensure the sustainability of our planet.   Her new book, The Shark Code, will be available in 2026.