Marine Conservationist | TV Host | Mocha Mermaid

meet danni

Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about our oceans and science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was six years old. In 2008, Danni graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.Sc. in Marine Science/Biology. At age 21, she co-founded along with her mom, Michelle Swaby-Smith the Big Blue & You - A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.  "Ocean Conservation through Artistic Inspiration".  She also served for four years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where she helped educate thousands of South Florida children about local marine ecosystems. 

For three years, Danni served as an on-camera personality and science filmmaker with Untamed Science which created nearly 200 K-12 Science Educational Videos for Pearson textbooks that are currently in classrooms across the USA), Ocean GEMS (a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teens to marine scientists mentors and role models inspiring them to pursue careers in marine science) and she also co-starred with Jaden Smith in the official educational outreach video for the theatrical film After Earth starring Jaden and his dad, Will Smith.  Most recently, Danni is working as the host of a brand new STEM educational TV Series which features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design called XPLORATION NATURE KNOWS BEST which is syndicated on FOX and available on HULU, Amazon Prime, Roku and Yahoo View. She also co-created and produced a new initiative called Sea Youth Rise Up which is a collaborative effort to elevate the role of youth leadership in ocean conservation policy and advocacy on World Oceans Day.  

Danni has a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet to express herself including dance, film and music. She is an avid scuba diver, passionate curly girl, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, MOCHA MERMAID and overall lover of the natural world, she is ALWAYS ready for an ADVENTURE.


Photo Credit: Cooper Neill - Getty Images North America




Qualifications & Accomplishments

Bachelor of Science (Double Major) in Marine Science & Biology at the University of Miami (Class of 2008)

Host of nationally syndicated television show Xploration Nature Knows Best (FOX + Amazon Prime)

Official Spokesperson at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival (Washington D.C.)

2018 EarthX Global Gala Emerging Female Leader of the Year Awardee

CA Technologies 2017 STEM10 Innovator

Naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center

Advanced Open Water Diver (NAUI) and Open Water Diver (PADI) Certification

CCR (Closed Circuit Rebreather) Trainee with Silent Diving (St. Croix Dec 2015)

On-Camera Personality with Untamed Science (2008-2011)

Toyota & Audubon Society Together Green Fellow (2011)

Winner of the ROXY Follow Your Heart Tour Winner ($10K Prize)

Green For All Fellow (2007-2010)

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Leadership Roles

Co-Founder & Board Member of the Big Blue & You

Co-Creator of Sea Youth Rise Up

Advisory Board Member of 5 Gyres Institute

Advisory Board member of North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE)

Advisory Council member with Pangeaseed Foundation

Ocean Unite Network Member 

Advisor to The Ocean Project

EarthXFilm Board of Directors

Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board at Miami-Dade College