Ilana is a PhD student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying ecology. She was the second place winner for the Project Green Challenge in 2017. Her passion for sustainability and conservation is taking her to a future in ecology conservation research with specific interests in plants, fungi and soils. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2019 with honors in Biology and a minor in art. She will receive her masters from SUNY ESF in December 2021.