April Richards is a fisheries scientist and a 2018 alum of the Environmental Fellows Program. They received their master’s degree from the University of Michigan SEAS in conservation ecology and environmental justice. In the past, they have worked on restoring native fish species to Lake Michigan and assessing toxin transfer from algae blooms to subsistence fishers in southern Florida. Currently based in New Orleans, LA, they work in the Gulf of Mexico with commercial fishers to monitor fishing efforts. Their primary research interests include environmental justice, food sovereignty, and community-based fisheries management.