Mia graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA with a B.A. in Biology. She researched how the urban heat island impacts local salamander populations and completed an honor’s thesis that investigated how urban development decreased connectivity of salamander habitats. She used programs such as R and Julia to perform computational methods including remote sensing, linear mixed-effects models, and circuit theory. She also worked in Occidental’s Campus Dining Department and led a bi-annual budget analyses to promote food sustainability.

Mia is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Data Science at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She hopes to continue developing her data science skills to help address urban environmental issues such as food insecurity.