I am working toward my PhD in the Plant Biology Program at UT Austin. In collaboration with the Jha Lab, I am investigating the effects of deforestation and climate change on tropical forests. I am particularly interested in the way plants and animals interact and how these interactions might change as tropical forests change due to human activity.
Fikatha Media is a collaborative community that aims to help people tell their stories when they don't have the means to do so themselves. We are currently producing a series of short documentaries about conservationists in Panama.
Video produced by Megan O'Connell, Alejandro Santillana and Olivia Schmidt, University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with the letter "Border wall will be bad for biodiversity" publish in Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution.
The Scientist in Residence program at UT Austin puts graduate researchers in public school classrooms to expose students to cutting edge research, while teaching scientists how to become better communicators. For the 2016-2017 school year, I collaborated with Mr. Hance at Laurel Mountain Elementary to create innovative outdoor lessons and learning spaces for hiss 5th grade science class. For the 2017-2018 school year, I am producing media products to help promote SciRes to the UT Austin Community
There is an urgent need for scientists to think differently about how they interact with local and global communities. I am producing an ongoing photo/video series that documents the work, lives and personalities of scientists around the world who want to change the way the public engages with their research.
Voices of the April 23 Science March in Austin, TX.
The Austin bike community is young, scrappy, and growing. As traffic congestion in the city worsens, more Austinites are taking to the streets on two wheels. With the recent passage of the Prop. 1 Mobility Bond, infrastructure changes stand to make a difference on the daily lives of drivers and cyclists alike. I followed local bike enthusiasts around town to document the city's bike subcultures, discuss cyclist-driver relations, and collect opinions about the future of bike infrastructure in ATX.