Marina Rodriguez wins 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Marina Rodriquez

Marina Rodriguez is a Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology major minoring in English and Applied Statistics. She is interested in avian conservation, teaching, and diversifying the natural resource field. She is president of the CSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, as well as the co-founder of the CSU chapter of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS).

Marina has been conducting research on the effect of nutrient availability on nesting birds at high elevation, and hopes to continue with research that will help conserve bird populations. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department as well as a laboratory technician in the genetics department of the USDA National Wildlife Research Center. In 2015, she was named a Udall Scholar for these accomplishments.

Marina plans to stay at CSU to earn her master's degree starting in the fall. She hopes to eventually earn her PhD so that she can become a professor and follow her passion for research and education.