Jaaziel Garcia-Hernandez (B.S. Marine Science, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 2012) is an aspiring marine sponge taxonomist and ecologist. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree at University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, under PIs Dr. Monica Alfaro and Dr. Nikolaos Schizas. His research focuses on the diversity of mesophotic reef sponges of Puerto Rico. He is an active AAUS scientific diver with certifications to dive with open scuba and closed circuit rebreather technology.