I received my B.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida in 2018. While there and after graduating I studied a lot of different organisms like mammals, birds, arachnids, reptiles, and crustaceans. I finally discovered algae while working in an aquaculture lab where I cultured several marine species. Learning about how important these microscopic, single-celled organisms were pushed me to combine my love for algae with my background in ecology and learn more about their role in the world. Currently, I’m researching how freshwater diatom species are distributed spatially and along a nutrient gradient in Lake Okeechobee, Florida.