Undergraduate Interns

Tropical Rivers Lab seeks to facilitate learning and research opporrtunities for undergraduates in the field of environmental science.


Melissa Lau

Melissa graduated from Miami Dade College with an A.A. In Environmental Studies and from FIU with a B.A. in Sustainability in the Environment. She is currently working on exploring the field of Environmental Psychology, which studies the relationship between the natural environment and human behavior as well as how they affect one another. She is currently working on a water conservation survey which examines the motivations and obstacles college students living on and off campus go through when it comes to conserving water. With this work, she hopes that it will be the first step in introducing this branch of environmental studies to the university and emphasize the importance of examining the psychological aspects of our everyday choices.

Contact: Mlau006@fiu.edu


Cynthia Fussell

Cynthia Fussell Persaud is an undergraduate student at Florida International University. Majoring in Sustainability and the Environment, minoring in Environmental Science, and working towards a certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. She has always had an interest in tropical regions and wildlife conservation. Currently she is being mentored under Dr. Elizabeth Anderson and Dr. Christopher Baraloto with the FIU Tropics’ Tropical Conservation Internship Spring 2019 cohort. Her internship project focuses on estimating population sizes and social perceptions of introduced peacocks in the Coconut Grove and neighboring communities of Miami. Cynthia is also working full time as a walking tour guide in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Contact: cfuss002@fiu.edu

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Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez is an undergraduate student at Florida International University, majoring in Biological Sciences. She is one the selected interns of the Tropical Conservation Internship Spring 2019 cohort, where she is currently conducting research on introduced peacocks in Coconut Grove, FL. Elizabeth has a strong interest in animal welfare and environmental and wildlife conservation. She hopes to make a difference someday working as a veterinarian.

Contact: emart389@fiu.edu