Emma L. Hickerson was born in Sydney, Australia, and moved to Texas in 1984. She was initially trained as a diver in 1990, and since has logged over 1000 hours underwater during more than 1300 dives. She has held the position of Research Coordinator of NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) since 1997. During this time she has contributed to around 50 scientific publications relating to the marine environment. She has served as the Unit Diving Supervisor for NOAA’s FGBNMS dive unit since 2005, and has supervised over 7500 dives during over 165 sanctuary research cruises. She has coordinated and led research utilizing SCUBA, remotely operated vehicles, and manned submersibles. She was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2014. She is not only passionate about studying the marine environment, but also interpreting science through multimedia, including photography, videography, and art. Her focus has been on conducting science for management, specifically in the context of increased protection of Northwestern Gulf of Mexico resources.