Darya Anderson, Environmental Science Student

Darya Anderson

Darya Anderson is completing her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona in the department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science (SWES). 

Her undergraduate research focus is microbial ecology. She is finishing her undergraduate honors thesis with Dr. Virginia Rich, in which she addresses the research question: how does microbial substrate utilization change across a permafrost thaw gradient in sub arctic Sweden?

Her evolving research interests and goals lie at the intersection of environmental and community health. For graduate school and her future career she hopes to study how permafrost thaw is impacting the people who live in these fragile environments by using community based participatory research methods (CBPR). She is starting to learn about CBPR methods, with an internship through the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), in which she is focusing on innovative technologies individuals have implemented to promote water conservation in Tucson/Pima County. 

For more information about the research Darya is doing visit her website: http://openwetware.org/wiki/User:Darya_Anderson

In 2015, she received a scholarship from the Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals (AZAEP) to financially support her in this career path.  AZAEP seeks to support undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career as an environmental professional. As part of her scholarship, she also received a one year student membership to AZAEP and had the chance to present her honors thesis findings at an AZAEP meeting.