Apollonya grew up in New England and received her Bachelors' from Cornell University in Natural Resources. She then worked in an environmental non-profit, bartended, taught construction and math at an alternative high school, and traveled around Central America and Western Europe. Her work at Brown centers on the intersection of science, culture, and politics within Northeastern fisheries management and beyond. Apollonya is in Brown's Open Graduate Education program, which allows her to work on a Masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) alongside her PhD in Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys running, knitting, listening to the blues, and traveling.