I was born and raised in a small town in rural Switzerland. Growing up, I spent most of my free time in nature; hiking, skiing, climbing, camping, or exploring the vast forests in our area. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the natural world and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a scientist so that I could help protect and conserve our beautiful planet.
I moved to Texas when I was 19 and two years later I started my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry. In my sophomore year I transferred to TAMUCC, where I discovered my love for the ocean and our beautiful beaches. In two of my ESCI classes, I got the chance to plan my own projects concerning the build-up of nutrients in Oso Creek and Oso Bay, and effects of pollution along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This motivated me to find a way to keep working in the lab and the field on a regular basis. I started volunteering at Dr. Turner’s lab, where I discovered my interest in microbial ecology and had the chance to assist Nicole Elledge in her bacterial source tracking project and I worked on a project involving Vibrio parahaemolyticus. I count myself lucky to be able to continue my work at this lab as a laboratory technician and to work on several projects ranging from bacterial source tracking to antimicrobial resistance testing and more. I am planning to start a master’s program in the summer of 2019.
B.S., Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Department of Physical and Environmental Science, 2018