Emily Herrera started her higher education at Miami-Dade College where she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Environmental Studies during the fall of 2014. Since being admitted into FIU, she has been working on a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies as well as a Certificate in Agroecology. Emily currently works as an undergraduate research assistant in the soil/sediment biogeochemistry laboratory at FIU. She is also interning at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden working on the Million Orchid Project under the supervision of Dr. Jason Downing. As an iCATCH scholar, she has worked on research testing the level of phosphorous in soil to determine whether Stormwater Treatment Areas are functioning to properly serve and protect the Everglades under the mentorship of Dr. Leonard Scinto and Diana Johnson. Emily hopes that her time with the Agroecology Program will help to build the skills necessary to acquire a career with an agency under the USDA.