I am a graduate student in the Hofmann Lab studying how marine invertebrates cope with climate change associated stressors such as marine heatwaves. Growing up, I had always been fascinated by animals and their interactions with the environment, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become a scientist studying these interactions. After graduating high school, I began my college career at my local community college, then transferred to UC Davis where I majored in Animal Biology. It was during my time at UC Davis that I got involved in undergraduate research studying the effects of climate change on marine invertebrates. By participating in undergraduate research, I received amazing mentorship from graduate students and professors I worked with along the way. This experience gave me confidence to pursue scientific research as career. As a Latin-American and first-generation college student I have recognized some of the many challenges associated with succeeding in environmental sciences. As I continue in with my graduate career, I am passionate about helping under-represented students in STEM overcome these challenges and increase their accessibility to scientific careers.
Graduate student in the Hofmann Lab studying how marine invertebrates cope with stressors such as marine heatwaves.