My primary interests are in the effects of water management practices on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California rice systems. Specifically, my research involves the implementation of midseason drainage of flooded rice fields and its subsequent effects on soil nitrogen dynamics, GHG emissions, and grain yield. Having grown up in New Mexico, I was raised with an appreciation for sustainable water management. The ultimate goal of my research is to help develop water management practices that can be effectively utilized by rice growers in California and other parts of the world to reduce overall seasonal emissions without sacrificing yield. I graduated with a BS in Science Pre-professional from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where my work with Collegiate 4-H reinforced my interest in sustainable agriculture.