Maria Pulgar

My name is Maria Pulgar (she/her), and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. When I was four years old, my family and I moved to Coconut Creek, Florida, where I grew up. My love for science stems from my dad taking my sister and I to museums every other weekend when we were little. I always bought rocks from the gift shops and collected them whenever I found an interesting rock on the ground, so I have always loved geology from a young age. My family has always been very supportive of my endeavors, and I could not have done it without them, especially being a Dreamer. I knew very young that I had to go to college, but I faced obstacles that my peers did not because of my status. My older sister had the same experience, and I always had her to look up to and help me. Now, I am a fourth year geology student at the University of Florida. I am the Secretary (and a founding member) of the AWG Northern Florida Chapter, so that I could be the resource to younger students that my sister provided to me. I work with Ellen Martin, studying bedload sediment from the Greenland Ice Sheet, determining how the isotopic data changes over the course of a 250m transect to study weathering. I aspire to be a hydrogeologist, and plan to attend graduate studies in the future after working in the industry. I also identify as pansexual; my partner is a trans woman, and I feel very strongly for LGBTQ+ rights and representation.