I have a BS from the University of Connecticut in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I studied abroad in Costa Rica through the Council on International Education Exchange. This experience sparked my interest in the environment and incited my desire to return to the tropics.
I participated in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program with Dr. William Eaton comparing microbial community composition in temperate and tropical rain forests. I received a MS in Biotechnology Science from Kean University in Union, NJ. I investigated the ecological role of an antifungal plant on belowground communities and associated nutrient cycling.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Kathleen Treseder's lab studying how soil fungi may respond to climate change in a cloud forest in Costa Rica. I am also passionate about science communication. I am an intern for the environmental news website mongabay.com. Also, I write scripts for "The Loh Down on Science" on Southern California Public Radio and presented by Sandra Tsing Loh. I am writing 90 second science news stories that are broadcasted on air. I worked with UCI Sustainability to help develop a website to highlight UC's Climate Action Champions.
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