Alessandra Puig-Santana graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Alessandra pursued different internships ranging from researched-based projects to community outreach. In 2018, she was the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) recipient for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in an Ecosystems Ecology lab at FIU. This experience was spent conducting a decomposition experiment to understand how saltwater intrusion affects soil carbon storage mechanisms in sawgrass roots. Upon graduation, she worked for the Great Basin Institute in Joshua Tree National Park as a Digital Media Research Assistant creating more inclusive and diverse content throughout their social media platforms and the creation of the Spanish language website. At Bren, Alessandra plans to specialize in Coastal Marine Resource Management with a focus in Strategic Environmental Communication. This will ultimately give her the tools to work with communities that are being greatly impacted by environmental stressors in coastal areas. Additionally, she hopes to educate the public on our changing climate and work with them to find proper sustainable solutions and build a better future of coexistence.