Welcome Esbeiry Cordova-Ortiz to the ESA-SEEDS Team!
Esbeiry Cordova-Ortiz (she/her/hers) studied Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Conservation, and Environmental Biology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate career at IUP, she worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Josiah Townsends phylogenetics and systematics lab. She contributed to various projects within the lab and participated in an international field expedition in 2019. Esbeiry was first introduced to the SEEDS Program through the IUP chapter as a freshman where her passion and commitment to ecology, diversity, and education grew. She held the Event Coordinator position before being elected President in 2018. Receiving the SEEDS SPUR Fellowship in 2018-2019 allowed her to conduct research at Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station as an REU under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah E. Evans and Robert Logan. As a SEEDS Fellow, she participated in the Leadership Meeting at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ, and a SEEDS Field Trip to the Canyonlands Research Center in Monticello, UT, and presented her research on fungal decomposers at the ESA Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. She is looking forward to working as Diversity Programs Assistant for SEEDS bringing her experience to improve and carry forward the mission of an already amazing program!