Dr. Delissio received her B.S. in Biology from Tufts University, during which time she had her first tropical field ecology experience at Hummingbird Cay in the Bahamas. She then worked as a laboratory technician at M.I.T. where the C. elegans DNA she sequenced contributed to Nobel Prize-winning work on programmed cell death. Unable to spend another summer indoors, she went back to school at Boston University and studied tropical forest ecology in Malaysian Borneo with Richard Primack, one of the world's leading Conservation Biologists, for which she received her Ph.D.. Upon graduation, Dr. Delissio took a position at Salem State College, where she has continued until this time. Her current interests include climate change, tropical forests, small island ecology, and science education.