Growing up in Puerto Rico and later New England, I grew an appreciation for the outdoor environment. This inspired me to pursue a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with a focus in Forest Ecology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and a minor in Forestry. At UNH I held numerous research positions, but I worked mainly at the Terrestrial Ecosystems Analysis Lab (TEAL) under the supervision of Andrew Ouimette. At TEAL we conducted research on forest ecosystem carbon and nitrogen dynamics, with emphasis on the effects of atmospheric deposition, air pollution and climate change. I managed numerous projects measuring leaf C, root C, soil C, LAI, and fungal C, but primarily worked on an independent project funded by a McNair Fellowship to understand the allocation of C to mycorrhizae, and mycorrhizal biomass on a tree species and nitrogen availability gradient in a northeastern temperate forest. At Stanford University I will continue to strengthen my understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle, by deepening our knowledge of rooting growth, and studying how vegetation cover type is affected by different climatic factors such as drought.
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