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Alyssa Grube, a doctoral candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering, received the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) Graduate Student Award to fund her dissertation research in the Galápagos this summer. Alyssa’s work uses a One Health framework to survey antibiotic resistance genes across human, animal, and environmental dimensions in the Galápagos. So far, her survey includes a range of charismatic Galápagos species such as land iguanas, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, sea turtles, red-footed boobies, and sea lions. Overall, her research aims to answer to what extent human-mediated inputs shape the environmental resistome and to distinguish between naturally occurring versus anthropogenic sources of resistance in the environment.

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