Environmental Sciences and Earth & Climate Sciences
I am a twin!
I’ve always been enthralled by nature and loved spending time outdoors. As I grew up and learned of climate change, pollution, and other environmental issues that threaten Earth and
all the humans, plants, and animals that call it home, I became more and more passionate about helping the environment. I am also curious about science, math, and problem-solving and am an
avid reader and writer, so when I learned that environmental scientists can use scientific research, experiments, and advocacy to help the world, I knew I had found the pathway for me. In the
future I hope to help build a world where humans and other beings can live in harmony without disturbing the Earth’s processes and ecosystems. Working towards this broad goal starts at a local
level; in high school, I volunteered at environmental organizations in my town and advocated for increased education on the carbon emissions of home heating systems in my community. Here at
Duke, I am researching carbon-capture, which is applicable to climate change mitigation, with the Feng Group. Furthermore, I am engaging in advocacy through the Duke Climate Coalition
and the Environmental Alliance, and I will soon be researching Emerald Ash Borers, an invasive species in the Duke Forest, as a member of the Duke Restore Forest Restoration Team.
Outside of environmental work, I love to stay active, engage in music, and spend time with friends and family. I played soccer and softball throughout my childhood, and at Duke I
play spikeball and pickleball with friends, run, and go to the gym. Also, I love to listen to music, play the piano, play the alto saxophone, and sing! I am currently in Duke Chorale, Duke’s
primary choral group. In my free time, you can find me reading fantasy books, hanging out with friends, and walking in nature.
I love Duke’s supportive, inclusive atmosphere. Everyone here is driven, passionate, and unique, but we also do not hesitate to lend a helping hand. We lift each other up rather than
compete and bring each other down – this makes Duke special. Whether through academic collaboration, mental health awareness, or simply a nice conversation and a good laugh, Duke
students have each other’s backs. I’ve only been here for a few months, but I can already see that we are all in this together. I am so excited to be in this welcoming community that goes far
beyond just four years here!