Marine ecologist. Science communicator. Advocate.
Hello! I'm a PhD candidate and Ford Fellow in the Sorte Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. My research focuses on how marine species with complex life cycles build up their environmental tolerances, allowing them to cope with climate change.
I'm passionate about science outreach, fostering diversity in STEM, and science communication. Through advocacy and my scicomm work, I strive to break down barriers that have traditionally barred BIPOC communities from participating in science and focus on amplifying their voices. To spark scientific curiosity and excitement in the general public, I write for NPR's radio segment The Loh Down on Science - a quick & fun daily dose of science. I also worked on a team to translate several of COVID-19 related stories into Spanish to better serve our local community and increase accessibility.
As a Latina in science, I hope to encourage and support others on their STEM journeys just as many others did (and do) for me along the way.