Congratulations to Carla López Lloreda, who is the 2020 William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow!
Carla is a first-year master’s student from Puerto Rico in the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences working with Dr. Erin Hotchkiss. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. After that, she worked for 4 years with UNH’s Water Quality Analysis lab as a research technician in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, studying and managing projects on soil and aquatic biogeochemistry. She gained a passion for research during these years and decided to pursue a graduate education. For her graduate work, she will be exploring greenhouse gas dynamics in wetlands in Maryland and Puerto Rico.
Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work. More information about this program is available HERE.