My name is Camila Cortina and I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Jha Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. In May of 2019, I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I have always felt passionately about the environment and I finally feel as if I am on the right path as a PhD student studying Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. At UT I will be studying land-use change and the impacts of urbanization on the genetics and interactions of pollinator populations. At Northeastern, I completed co-ops as a programs intern at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and as a research assistant in Dr. Lotterhos’ lab at the NU Marine Science Center. I was also in the second cohort of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at NAU from 2016-2018.