K12 Education & Outreach Assistant
Natalie Aguirre was born and raised in Miami, FL. She has always loved the outdoors and being in nature. Natalie received the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, allowing her to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where she earned her B.S. in Biology. As a curious undergraduate, she joined the lab of a plant eco-physiologist. A National Science Foundation grant allowed her to study the role of a fungal pathogen in the wide-spread dieback of a keystone plant species native to southern California. After graduation, Natalie moved to Madrid, Spain to complete a research Fulbright studying the role of the fungal pathogen responsible for Dutch Elm Disease. Missing her family and Miami, she moved back, stumbled upon the Everglades Foundation, and immediately became passionate about educating local youth on the importance of The Everglades and science! In the future, Natalie hopes to begin a Ph.D. program in plant ecology and physiology focusing on the water relations of devastating plant diseases. In her free time, she joins BLUE missions in building gravity-driven aqueducts in rural communities of the Dominican Republic, spends time with her family, and tends to her home garden.