Lucia Roussa is finishing a dual Environmental Science and Biology major at Eastern Washington University. Lucia was selected as one of the 2020 TLES Scholars Award recipients. She is currently working with Dr. McNeely on her project investigating the relationship between freshwater algal abundance and diversity through analyzing the eutrophication of wetlands in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Lucia has greatly enjoyed the lab work for her project which included identifying alga using a compound microscope. In April of 2021 Lucia will be presenting her work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Lucia has also been selected for an internship with the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Sciences (CICOES) where she will be studying jellyfish in the Puget Sound area. Her research interests include Phycology, marine microbiology, and conservation science in coastal marine ecosystems. In future projects, she would like to explore the topic of the various roles that algae play in our world and the potential of phycological research to find modern solutions to environmental problems. In her future career, she wishes to be a role model for those who feel like STEM fields are limited to those with economic privilege, or those who feel insecure entering a male-dominated field.