Alyssa is an Arnhold Undergraduate Environmental Fellow working on spatial planning for conservation in the face of climate change (SPARC). She currently researches agricultural abandonment and its effects on biodiversity using remote sensing data. Now entering her 3rd year as an environmental studies major, Alyssa loves learning about climate change, ecology, and environmental justice. Driven by her fascination with ecology and biodiversity, she has spent the past couple years studying aquatic invertebrate communities in vernal pools and the effects of restoration on species diversity. When she's not working or studying, Alyssa enjoys swimming, hiking, and participating in climate activism.