The University of Nevada, Reno Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded at $231,000.00 annually
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Brussard
Research Topic: "Diurnal Butterfly Inventory at Monte Alto Natural Reserve, Costa Rica"
Abstract: This research study involves traveling to Monte Alto Natural Reserve in Costa Rica to do an inventory of diurnal butterflies within a period of 16 days. This reserve did an inventory during the dry season of 2002 and found 91 species of butterflies. The objective of this research study was to see how many of those species were still there and if any new species would be found. Butterflies were captured using a net and/or by taking digital pictures. Thirty-nine species were found, including twenty-one new species that had not been previously recorded. This study will help the Monte Alto Natural Reserve shape its future conservation plans.
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Fall 2005
Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Education / Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2009. She was accepted into the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program at the University of Nevada, Reno for spring 2010.