Elizabeth Torres Tells Her Story!
Holding the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute's Herbarium Student Assistant position at the National Herbarium of Belize is an insight into my career goal as a forestry scientist specialized in silviculture. Working at the herbarium broadens the platform of my biology background as a Bachelor student at the University of Belize. The Database management, mounting and cataloguing of plants within the herbarium are indoor applications of my biology background. I've had wonderful experiences through my work at the National Herbarium of Belize such as field trips, plant collection, communication and alliance building with local and international plant specialists. I was also given the exciting opportunity to attend a plant taxonomy course under the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute.
As the president of the newly established International Forestry Student Association-University of Belize (IFSA-UB) and herbarium assistant at the National Herbarium of Belize I have developed a sense of continuity of my studies to the doctorate level. IFSA-UB has opened international opportunities into my career. This year the highlight was my representation at one of the largest International Forestry Student Symposium (IFSS) held in British Columbia, Canada. Upon attending IFSS, I was able to relate my knowledge of plants and experience at the herbarium to some of the forestry lectures and field tours at IFSS.
It was truly a wonderful experience and it wouldn't have been possible without UB ERI!