Assistant Research Scientist Diana Oviedo Vargas, Ph.D., recently shared her experiences as a female professional in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a live audience as part of EarthEcho International’s STEMExplore Virtual Career Connections series. The series hosts dynamic virtual events with women in STEM to share their journeys and the positive influences that helped them realize their professional capabilities.
Oviedo Vargas joined Stroud Water Research Center in 2017 and is the principal investigator in the Watershed Biogeochemistry Group. Her research seeks to improve our knowledge about the elemental cycles in streams, rivers, and estuaries and how they are linked to each other, to the water cycle, and the terrestrial ecosystem at surface and subsurface levels.
Her expertise includes aquatic ecosystems in temperate and tropical zones and along the full river continuum, from headwaters to large rivers, estuaries, and the coastal ocean.
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau (recipient of the 2015 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence) in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, their mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.