Bella comes to the SF Bay NERR with a diverse background environmental science, sustainability, and mentorship. As an undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara, she worked as a wetland habitat restoration intern with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Education (CCBER), completed a published study analyzing urban bird community composition in agro-gardens of the central coast, and spent many a sunset at the beaches and sloughs of Isla Vista, CA. She earned a dual-track MS degree from the University of Michigan in 2021 in Ecosystem Science & Management and Geospatial Data Science. As a graduate student, Bella worked with the Graham Sustainability Institute to develop interdisciplinary education programs and completed a thesis evaluating coffee agroforestry in Puerto Rico. Bella has a passion for mentoring students in science and engaging the public in research and education. She believes that estuaries and the quiet tranquility of wetlands are for everyone and is actively looking to expand the Education Program at the NERR to meet the needs of diverse audiences.