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Karla Bonilla Cordero

Bio
Karla Bonilla Cordero, a first-year master’s student, graduated from California State University Channel Islands in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management and a minor in Chemistry. Karla conducted independent research where she developed a methodology to identify and measure Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sandy beaches utilizing high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC-UV). She presented her research at the 11th Annual SAGE Student Research Conference in 2019 and received an award for Best Poster Presentation. Upon graduation, she worked for a private planning and development company where she immersed herself in a different side of environmental science and policy. This included working with County policies, private development and agriculture. Karla also gained experience in Storm Water Permitting and Monitoring. While working for the private sector has been an enriching experience, pursuing a career where she could merge her passion for environmental chemistry and her newfound love for Environmental Policy was her new goal. At the Bren School, Karla plans to specialize in Pollution Prevention and Remediation as well as Economics and Politics of the Environment.