Bianca Moreno

Mentor: Dr. Martha Monroe
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
 
"I was offered a USDA-funded undergraduate research opportunity in my mentor's lab during the summer of 2015. During the program, I learned a lot about research, environmental education, and graduate work. I continued working with the lab throughout the following semester and this research project came up. I accepted the offer of the co-advisor position and then decided to take on this research for an Honors Thesis. In the summer of 2016, I worked on another USDA-funded research project at the University of Idaho that helped me gain more knowledge on data collection and analysis, research presentation, and lab methods. These opportunities have been not only informative, but enjoyable, exciting, and unique. I hope to apply the information that I've learned to my current research in order to conduct it effectively and thoroughly."

Major

Natural Resource Conservation

Minor

Soil and Water Science

Research Interests

  • Diversity among natural resources
  • Urban connection to natural resources
  • Soil and water resources

Academic Awards

  • LaFontaine Endowment Scholarship/Fellowship 2015-2016
  • Great Lakes National Scholarship 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
  • Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • UF Wetlands Club
  • Xi Sigma Pi

Volunteer

  • 4-H Youth Development Organization

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cooking
  • Film Photography
  • Hiking

Research Description

Motivation and Diversity: What drives interest in a natural resources career?
With the global increase in resource-based issues like sea-level rise, water quality and quantity, and environmental degradation, it is important to create a heterogeneous discussion in order to approach these problems. A diverse group of natural resource professionals that includes more ethnic minorities and women will better communicate with the entire population than a single, unified perspective dominated by white males. I will be investigating what motivates undergraduate students to attend the School of Forest Resources and Conservation through a survey and personal interviews. Through the results and data analysis, I hope to better understand students' motivations and identify possible solutions and other methods to reach a wider range of students.