I am a third year undergraduate at a historically all-women's college, Mills College, in Oakland, CA. I am majoring in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior. I have been a part of Dr. Sarah Swope's research team for a little over a year. Our lab focuses on population genetics and demographic changes due to variable climate. Our three study species, Streptanthus glandulosus niger, Streptanthus glandulosus secundus, and Calochortus tiburonensis are all naturally rare serpentine endemics. I focus on projects regarding the two Streptanthus subspecies. Some projects include detecting inbreeding levels in the populations and if it is leading to inbreeding depression, comparing genetic diversity in herbarium specimens to contemporary samples, and contrasting genetic structures between the two subspecies.
My future plans are to travel to new places on various research teams and spending time working with outreach programs targeted towards underrepresented groups trying to succeed in STEM.