Sierra Jech is a current graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She works in the Barger Lab on aridland restoration, specifically with biological soil crusts. She is also an Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology student through BioFrontiers at CU – research rotations with Professors Orit Peleg, Boswell Wing, and Dan Larremore. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she worked on fatty acid and hopanoid composition of microbialites in Green Lake, NY and the Great Salt Lake, UT with Dr. Mark Teece. Sierra has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Earth Systems Science with a minor in Queer Studies from the University of Wyoming. Sierra enjoys cross-country skiing, trail running, and triathlon. Sierra is a member of the Skiers Nordic of Wyoming (SNOW) board and a co-organizer for the Women in Soil Ecology.