Alicia received a BS in Biology from Elmhurst College. She then completed an MS in Plant Biology and Conservation, a program in collaboration between Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden, and is now pursuing a PhD in that same program. She is studying how knowing more about roots traits can promote coexistence, rather than competition, between native plants used for restoration and invasive plants that have negatively altered environments in the western United States. Knowing more about roots can then aid restoration goals of increasing plant diversity and having healthy habitats. She has enjoyed sharing scientific ideas with visitors of the Chicago Botanic Garden and working with volunteers, and interning students in the plant sciences.