Alicia DiCarlo graduated with an honours B.F.Sc in Forensic Science with a Chemistry Specialization from the University of Windsor in 2017. Continuing in the field of Forensic Science, Alicia went to the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, where she was awarded her M.Sc. Forensic Chemistry with Distinction. This led to the decision to come back home to Windsor to study at the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) with the Weisener Lab where she is working on completing a PhD in Environmental Science. Alicia’s current research focuses on the phosphorus buffering capacity of sediments as it is affected by microbial influence. She hopes to identify key microbial taxa that may indicate the buffering capabilities of sediments in agriculturally stressed systems.