Anny is a PhD student in biology (ecology) at the University of New Mexico. She grew up in Taiwan and New Zealand, received an A.B. in biology and international studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and was at Rice University as a PhD student before moving with the lab to New Mexico. Her dissertation work focuses on how interactions between plants and their microbial symbionts alter competition and coexistence between plant species. She enjoys teaching and mentoring at all levels, and sees it as a step in promoting access to knowledge for all. In her spare time, she is a musician and volunteers as a translator for ted.com.