Hi there! I'm a second-year master's student researching the population genetics of corals out of the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology program at Columbia University. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the natural world. I would spend rainy spring days walking through the oak woodlands behind my home in California and spend weekends turning soil and looking for grubs in my dad’s garden patch. I gained my first formal experience in research during my undergraduate education at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). During my undergrad, I attended the UC Forestry Field Camp in Meadow Valley, California as my first fieldwork experience. Subsequently, I attended the Gump South Pacific Research Station in Moorea, French Polynesia and performed studies on the coral reefs that line the island. Ever since, I’ve wanted to pursue research and I am currently applying to PhD programs to expand my research on corals further.