Hello World! I’m DANNI.
Simply put…I am deeply passionate about our blue planet. I’ve been an ocean lover for as long as I can remember, the Big Blue continually gives me energy, freedom and peace. That is why I decided to dedicate my life to protecting the sea that I love so dearly.
Miami native with Jamaican roots, I am passionate about our oceans and science communications. I’ve dreamed of studying the oceans since I was six years old. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.Sc. in Marine Science/Biology. My mom Michelle Swaby-Smith and I co-founded 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”. I also served for four years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where I helped educate thousands of South Florida children about the local marine ecosystems.
I’ve been blessed with excellent experiences as an on-camera personality with Untamed Science (Educational Videos for text books), 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 most recently, I’m
in production as the Host of a TV Series called XPLORATION STATION – NATURE KNOWS BEST. I’ve 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. I have a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet I can use to express myself including dance, film and music. I am an avid scuba diver, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, yogi and overall lover of the outdoors, I’m ALWAYS ready for an ADVENTURE.