ALMA MATTER | IUPUI (Science & Mathematics, Philosophy) FAVORITE ECOSYSTEM | Wetlands & marine estuaries FAVORITE PLANT | Bryophytes [mosses, liverworts, and hornworts]
AJ grew up in Southwest Florida where she lived, worked, and got married in a wetland. Her passion for conservation and interested in the interconnectedness of living systems is what lead her to concentrate on oceanography and marine ecosystem in her early academic career. In addition to an academic background on plant identification, herpetology, and wetland ecosystems, she work with IUPUI's Student Sustainability Council to develop a long-term plant for community partnerships.
AJ's recreational experiences and education have given her an expansive understanding of the severity of climate change. She's passionate about doing everything in her power to protect future generations and the planet they will depend on for survival.
Currently, she is monitoring three phenology sites in Marion County including a private school, the Statehouse, and her backyard. She has recorded more than 1200 observations since August 2020.