Ana Alonso just completed her first year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is working toward a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Her primary research interests include hydroponic system design and management and traditional food cultivation. This March Ana was hired as a research intern for hydroponic startup The Agrarian Group, where she studies the effectiveness of hydroponic nutrient solutions. After completing her education, Ana hopes to work in food security in the rural far north of Canada.