Leslie Strong graduated from Magnolia High School with the cum laude honors. Her hometown is Magnolia, Texas. She is now currently in her third year of college at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christ. She studies Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine and Coastal Resources. She is currently interning for Encyclopedia of Earth. She has a second internship as well with Texas Beach Watch and tests water and soil samples for Entercoccus. She hopes to graduate in December 2010. Her career goals include working as a marine conservation scientist in Florida. Her interests include coral reef conservation and ecology, water quality, and endangered species protection.