Diana Guzman Colon
PhD Graduate Student
102 Stock Pavilion
1675 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
2013: MS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
2010: BS, Biology, Univerisity of Puerto Rico at Bayamon
I value the importance of incorporating molecular techniques into ecological studies to better understand organisms, their relationships, and their evolution. My PhD project aims to integrate Landscape and Molecular Ecology to demonstrate how landscape and environmental patterns can influence genetic processes in invasive species populations. This relationship might be a crucial factor explaining invasive species population success and persistence in the islands of the Caribbean. Additionally, I aim to infer the role of mongooses in the food web of a newly invaded system. My professional goal is to serve as an educator in Puerto Rico with the objective of providing undergraduate students the tools to be exceptional scientists and instill in them the values of scientific research which carry major implications for our society.
I really enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity, these experiences have shaped how I think of the world and have provided me perspective when thinking about ecological or social complexities. I'm an amateur everything: photographer, gardener, rock climber, cyclist, saxophone player, hiker, social critic, football (soccer) player, softball player. I enjoy reading about AgroEcosystem research and hope in the future I can gear my research towards agroecosystems.