Natasha De La Cruz
Natasha is an Environmental Science major at FSU and has been conducting directed individual study in the Spencer lab learning a lot of biogeochemical techniques and analyses. She has helped members of the laboratory with a lot of field and lab-work preparation, as well as analyzed optical samples and conducted solid phase extractions in preparation for advanced organic matter analyses.
Taylor is pursuing a BS in biology at Florida State University. In the Spencer Lab, she is working with Megan Behnke on characterizing transformations of dissolved organic matter in both Arctic and northern Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest ecosystems. Further, she assists with running samples for the Arctic Great Rivers Observatory. She prepares samples and assists with analysis and data processing for techniques including Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectroscopy and radiocarbon, and in quiet moments can be found assisting with laboratory inventories and fieldwork preparation.