Current Undergraduate Students
Students that are currently working on projects with me and/or being mentored by me.
Though mentoring never really stops!
Christina is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA studying biochemistry. When she’s not studying, she likes to relax by eating good food with friends and family. Christina collaborates with Rob studying and understanding biomineralization processes of certain sea organisms.
Alex valencia Villa
Alexandra graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Geology and worked in Dr. Tripati’s Lab for 2 years until her graduation. In the lab, she was a part of a variety of projects where she also took on leadership roles. She investigated carbon cycle dynamics in the North Pacific using samples from the Plio-Pleistocene, assisted in the reconstruction of seawater pH using boron isotopes from multiple planktonic foraminifera and their potential to constrain pH, and led a team to calibrate carbonate calcification temperatures derived from clumped isotope analysis in modern samples. Alex was also heavily involved in the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and supported diversity in science by recruiting diverse lab members and participating in outreach events aimed towards girls and minority groups. As a first-generation Latinx scientist, she hopes to empower others through her story. Alex just started her 1st year as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Geoscience department Her graduate research is centered on the climate reconstruction from the Last Glacial Maximum through the Holocene, from planktonic foraminifera found in sediment cores off the coast of Venezuela. She is also implementing a diversity/outreach committee within the Geoscience Graduate Student Association to increase diversity within the geosciences.