Marion, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, holds a B.S. from Rice University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at Rice. Her research focuses on understanding how environmental change shapes floral nectar microbiomes. These microbial communities are introduced to flowers during pollinator visitation and can affect pollinator foraging decisions and plant reproduction. Marion works both locally in Texas and internationally in Costa Rica. As a co-director of Professional Development for the GSA, Marion’s goal is to help her peers develop strong communication and leadership skills, which are key attributes of success in both academia and industry. By promoting resources and opportunities where students can hone these professional development skills during graduate school, Marion hopes to help her peers navigate both graduate school and the next step that lies beyond Rice’s hedges.