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School of Natural Resources and Environment

School of Natural Resources and Environment

UF SNRE Graduate Student Council

Jenna R SNRE Grad Student Council
Jenna
President

Jenna is a first-year Interdisciplinary Ecology Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Ashley Smyth and Dr. AJ Reisinger in the Soil and Water Sciences Department. Jenna previously attended the University of Maryland, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology with honors and worked in an urban biogeochemistry lab. Jenna grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to Ocean City, Maryland, in high school where she was first introduced to coastal ecology. She is currently researching the sources and fates of nitrate in the Guana River Estuary at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve in St. Augustine. In her free time, she enjoys attending local live music events and watching live sports.

Ankita D SNRE GSC
Ankita
Vice President

I began my Ph.D. in the spring of 2022 at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). I earned my engineering degree in India in the field of Biotechnology and afterward completed my master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). My interest in Agriculture/soil ecology drives me to pursue my research at UF in soil biogeochemistry. I believe that soil is life, and with every person born on earth, this life is required more and more. Therefore, the problems of soil, its erosion, drought, and dying are becoming more urgent to address. My research will aim at soil management and the implementation of policies.

Natalia SNRE Grad Student Council
Natalia
Treasurer

Natalia Uribe-Castañeda is a Marine Biologist from the University of Valle, Colombia. She got her master's degree from the Water and Coastal Management Erasmus Mundus program at University of Bologna, University of Cadiz, and University of Algarve. She is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student from Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Ecology, her research is focused on “Identifying successful strategies to engage communities in coral reef restoration” and is advised by Professor Marin Main in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department. She is the vice-president of the Tropical Conservation and Development program at the University of Florida, a member of the Mission Iconic Reefs Stewardship Working Group, a member of the International Coral Reef Society, and currently the treasurer of the School of Natural Resource and Environment Graduate Student Council.

Ashpreet Kaur GSC
Ashpreet
Secretary
Ashpreet is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in interdisciplinary ecology having a concentration in sociology. She did her Bachelor of Science in Non-medical (Physics, Chemistry, and Math’s) from India and her master’s in environmental science from Panjab University, India. Her research interests are in Environment policy and management, waste management, and behavior change. She was recently certified as Zero Waste Associate by Zero waste USA and waste management expert by the Ministry of Environment, forest and climate change, India. Her dissertation is on zero waste policies in higher education institutions of the USA where she is evaluating the zero waste policies and factors that are important for successful policy implementation. She is an active student member of SWANA (Solid waste association of North America) and ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) and is presenting her research in the fall at their conference.