Blanca Alvarez is a second year Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department and studies biogeochemistry in the lab of Dr. Robert Eagle. Blanca examines different mechanisms behind calcifying organisms’ resiliency to ocean acidification, from rapid genetic adaptation to regulation of internal carbonate chemistry. With her research she hopes to better understand why different species exhibit varying responses to ocean acidification. Blanca is a CDLS Fellow, Cota-Robles Fellow, and NSF-GRFP awardee. She is the co-outreach chair for her department, a part of the Society of Women in Geoscience, a tutor for the K-12 Outreach Program, and helped create the first step ahead mentorship program in her department.