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National Marine Sanctuaries and Triathlons

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Michelle Johnston is a research marine biologist who, as a child living in Marion,Ohio, was inspired by the ocean. She got her Scuba diving certification at the age of 14 and the rest, as they say, is history. After completing her degree from the University of North Carolina, where she rehabbed sick sea turtles, Michelle went on to get her Ph.D in Environmental Health Sciences. She studied the impact of pathogenic bacteria from wildlife in South Carolina's coastal waters. Michelle is now with The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, where she is a scientific diver and Marine Biologist. She also manages the sanctuary's long term coral monitoring project. In addition, she also has completed in a few triathlons and feels that a healthy enviroment plays an important role in triathlon competitions.

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