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2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
LaToya Myles, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) within the Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Her current research explores atmospheric deposition of trace gases and particles to terrestrial ecosystems. At ATDD, she also serves as the coordinator for scientific input to the division’s air quality programs. In 2006, she led the division’s effort to host the first East Tennessee Ozone Study (ETOS) Science Workshop.
The Mississippi native is a magna cum laude graduate of Alcorn State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in biology. She also holds a Doctorate degree in environmental sciences from Florida A&M University (FAMU) where her dissertation focused on atmospheric ammonia measurements using ion mobility spectrometry and relaxed eddy accumulation. Dr. Myles has been recognized for her academic achievement with various scholarships and fellowships, including the U.S. EPA Science to Achieve Results Environmental Sciences Fellowship, and the NOAA Educational Partnership Program Graduate Sciences Program Fellowship. She was the first Graduate Sciences Fellow to earn a research doctorate. She is a member of Sigma Xi, American Chemical Society, National Organization of Black Chemists& Chemical Engineers, American Meteorological Society, and American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Myles has published her research in peer-reviewed literature and often presents findings at conferences across the nation. In addition, she frequently addresses middle school to graduate school students on the significance of academic achievement and environmental stewardship. Dr. Myles is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and several other service organizations, which support active involvement in her community. Most recently, Dr. Myles has been recognized by Leadership Knoxville, and has received the Women of Color STEM Conference Technology All-Star Award.
Dr. Myles’ commitment to environmental stewardship and to her community exemplify why she has been selected as the FAMU School of Environment 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.
2016 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI RECOGNITION
ATANASIO BRITO, PH.D.
Atanasio Brito, Ph.D., received his Master of Science and Doctorate in Environmental Sciences, from Florida A&M University in 2001 and 2011 respectively. His concentration in aquatic and terrestrial ecology has led him to a successful career path in aquatic and fi sheries biology, and international relations.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Brito has authored and published more than 80 reports and peer-reviewed publications in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Furthermore, he has served on several editorial boards of publications related to fi sheries biology and marine sciences, as well as in international committees and working groups, such as the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association. Dr. Brito’s admirable negotiation skills have also led him to assist with governmental missions to establish bilateral fi sheries agreements with EU, Namibia, China, and Japan.
Between 2011 and 2016, Dr. Brito notably served as Mozambique’s Deputy National Director and Chief Scientist for the National Fisheries Research Institute. Currently, Dr. Brito is the managing director and founder of GMT Ecologica Consultoria.
RHIANNA M. NEELY-MURPHY, PH.D.
Rhianna Neely-Murphy, Ph.D., received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Florida A&M University in 2007, 2009, and 2012 respectively. Dr. Neely-Murphy’s concentration in environmental policy and risk management have led her to focus on the topic of climate change.
Post-graduation, Dr. Neely-Murphy returned to her native country of the Bahamas where she served as an environmental offi cer with the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission, and presently serves as an environmental officer with the Bahamas Ministry of Environment and Housing (BMEH). Since 2013, she has served in numerous capacities with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her work has also led her to engage various audiences through the years with presentations relating to climate change.
In addition to her role with BMEH, Dr. Neely-Murphy currently serves as an adjunct professor with the College of the Bahamas, serves as director of the Royal Representatives Youth Organization, and is an active member of the Public Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the Bahamas National Climate Change Committee, which she had chaired between 2011 and 2013.
NATASHA D. WHITE, PH.D.
Natasha D. White, Ph.D., received her Master of Science, and Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Florida A&M University in 2002 and 2008, respectively. She has several research interests, such as the management of programs related to the health and restoration of ecosystems challenged by human activities.
Dr. White has been employed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, since 2007 working in various capacities. Since 2008, Dr. White has been an environmental scientist with the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research where she conducts laboratory and field research in microbiology, environmental sciences, and marine science related to pharmaceuticals and emerging contaminants and their effects on marine mammals and fish, and assesses their presence in marine sediments.
Additionally, Dr. White is an adjunct instructor at both Charleston Southern University and Grantham University. Just this year, her research entitled, “Immunotoxic effects of in vitro exposure of dolphin lymphocytes to Louisiana Sweet crude oil and COREXIT” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Toxicology.