Chelsea is an undergraduate research intern at the Horticulture Innovation Lab. She is currently conducting research on the chimney solar dryer at the demonstration lab to improve its functionality. Specifically, determining the ideal configuration that optimizes its wind speed and temperature.
Whether it is international or domestic work, Chelsea's ultimate career goal is to increase food security among citizens in marginalized communities so that education becomes their greatest priority while wellness and daily nutrition could become secondary concerns. She is learning through her coursework that improving developmental outcomes comes with having a broad understanding of multiple fields of study. Being half Thai, she hopes to one day return to Thailand and improves the livelihoods of farmers using the skills she has attained from the Horticulture Innovation Lab and her studies.
Chelsea is pursuing her bachelor's in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis.
First travel experience:
When I was 5 years old, I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to live with my dad's side of the family who is Thai. I lived there for over 14 months and by the end of it, I became fluent in Thai.
Common misconception about my work:
Most people think that International Agricultural Development is highly specific, when in fact it is a very interdisciplinary field with many directions that you can take. The field is not just limited to agriculture, but rather taking whatever steps necessary to improve the livelihoods of people around the world.
When I'm not working, you can find me...
Practicing and teaching yoga!