I joined FIU Agroecology Program as a USDA-National Needs Fellow on fall 2012. Since that time the diverse educational and social activities of the program have been an enriching life experience. Some of these activities include the opportunity to get involved in FIU Organic Garden and Farmer’s Market community activities, presenting the program work to international visiting group of students, and taking part of multiple farm/field trips. In the educational aspects, the program courses, symposium, readings, workshops, and administrative personnel support have played an important role in my professional development.
I am currently working towards my Master's Degree at FIU Department of Earth & Environment after earning a B.S. in Environmental Technology at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. My general interests are in forest/plant ecology, management and restoration. I am currently working my thesis research focused on leaf functional trait variation of tree species and forest structure along precipitation gradients in the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico tropical dry forests. My thesis research advisor is Dr. Michael Ross.