Chandler is a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC where she majored in biology. She then went on to complete her doctorate in Biology at UC San Diego. She studied how our ever changing climate affects the interactions of native and invasive plant species in Southern California. While at UCSD, she found a passion for equity and inclusion efforts and published a paper entitled “Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough.” in Science. Currently, Chandler is a doctoral lecturer in the African American Studies and Environmental Studies, and Culture, Art, and Technology departments at UCSD, at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and has taught in the Biology department at Howard University. She is also a professional artist and tarot card reader.