Edauri Navarro-Pérez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Life Sciences program at Arizona State University (ASU). Born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, her undergraduate studies were at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, in the Environmental Sciences Program. Through her undergraduate years, I have been working on topics like mating mechanisms in Red-Eyed Tree frogs in Costa Rica, community outreach in Puerto Rico, and how drought affects nitrogen cycles at El Yunque National Forest. Moreover, she has researched about antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of algae’s allelopathy at New Mexico State University and how wildfires affect the nitrogen cycle at the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta with the Polaris Project at Woodwell Climate Research Center.
All these experiences led Edauri to discover my curiosity for soils. That is why I am currently part of Heather Throop’s lab at ASU. Her interest in drylands’ soil restoration, plant roots, and their interactions have also increased during my graduate journey. Therefore, her research is about how grass species root functional traits are affected by different soil abiotic conditions, how root traits affect drylands soil properties and developing photogrammetry mechanisms to measure these root traits. She also have a deep interest in community engagement, intersectional justice, art and science communication. Edauri is working towards integrating these topics into her research activities too.