Lee Qi grew up exploring mangroves and catching ghost crabs on the shores of Singapore and Malaysia; her curiosity and inquisitiveness leading to a scholarship to the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, BC. A keen swimmer, she took to the cold waters of the North Pacific and so began her interest in marine science. While earning a B.Sc. in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami, she spent time diving on weekends and working on diverse projects including research on mineral licks in Borneo and lionfish eradication in the South Floridian National Parks. From there she was accepted to the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, with her M.Sc. thesis focused on incorporating climate-driven time-varying growth in stock assessments. At SFG, she worked in continuing to explore methods of improving stock assessment and learning about effective fishery management strategies in various systems across the globe, particularly in areas where data are limited. She is now headed back to the University of Washington to obtain her PhD.