Ilana is a PhD student in the program of ecology, evolution and conservation at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is pursuing research on positive plant-fungal interactions and how they impact prairie restoration. She received her MS in Ecology from SUNY ESF and her BS in biology from Dickinson College. She was the 2017 PGC second place winner and has been volunteering with Turning Green ever since. Outside of Turning Green, she was a co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative and produces multiple podcasts focused on science communication.