Madeline graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a degree in Molecular Environmental Biology. She began her research career as a field biologist where she quickly discovered her interest in microbial communities within soil. In 2016, she traveled to Antarctica as part of an NSF-funded expedition. In 2018, she worked for the US Geological Survey studying biological soil crusts in Moab, Utah, and she completed a research project examining benthic protozoa on the island of Mo’orea, French Polynesia. During the rest of her time as an undergraduate student she studied soil microbial ecology with the Firestone lab at UC Berkeley and completed an honors thesis focused on linking root exudate metabolites with fungal community composition in the rhizosphere. As a research associate in the Arkin lab, Madeline investigates mechanisms behind phage-host interactions as part of a COVID-19 related project. She plans to pursue a PhD in systems and quantitative biology.