Monica is a PhD student at UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, working with Dr. Dan Johnson. She earned her master's from Michigan Tech studying population genetics in sugar maple. Her PhD research looks at longleaf pine seedling physiology in hopes to better understand how this species uses water during its seedling stage. In her spare time, you'll still find her in the woods, wandering, running or foraging. She lives on the ecological preserve where her research is conducted, in rural southwestern Georgia.