I am a 2021 NSF GRFP Fellow currently in my second year as a Plant Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Wilson Rankin lab My research interests include plant–pollinator interactions and disturbance. Specifically, I am interested in how invasive plant species and fire impact migratory pollinators and native annual forbs in coastal sage scrub habitats. For my research, I employ techniques in field work, lab work, and statistical analysis.
As a first-generation college graduate and granddaughter of migrant farm workers, I am passionate about the recruitment and retainment of members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Through my mentorship and community engagement, I communicate my research, teach various technical skills, and provide resources to those seeking opportunities in higher education. I aim to show others that science is for everyone!