Alyssa is a first year MS/PhD student in the department of Environmental Science & Engineering. She graduated from Juniata College in Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a degree in Biology and Spanish. Prior to beginning graduate school, she spent a year in Chile as part of a Fulbright research fellowship. Alyssa’s research will focus on the application of metagenomic tools to track the distribution and abundance of class I integrons and associated resistance genes in the Galapagos Islands. Outside of lab, Alyssa enjoys hiking, making empanadas, and quilting.