Alicia grew up in Southern California. At an early age she was interested in the environment and nature photography. She attended the University of Oregon and began studying environmental science. She worked in a biology lab, leading a research project on the phylogenetic reconstruction of Xylaria fungi. After studying abroad at Stellenbosch University and learning about the conservation efforts in South Africa, she knew she wanted to return in the future. Since graduating from university, she has worked for a manufacturing corporation to help evaluate their impacts on the environment. However, Alicia’s true interests and career goals revolve around conducting biology research. She hopes to contribute to finding creative solutions to environmental problems across the world.
Associations between MHC class I variation and blood pathogen prevalence in caracal (Supervisor: Jacqui Bishop)