Sonia Heckler is a masters student in Geography studying agriculture. Her main research interests include applied science, science communication and agriculture technologies. Currently, her research focuses on how high tunnels impact the climate and crop growth in northern Nevada. She is using data from weather stations, measures of crop growth and interviews to gain a better understanding of how high tunnels function in a high desert environment. Her research combines physical and human geography to conduct science needed by the local community.

Sonia received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Geography from University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. She had the opportunity to work in many labs on campus studying water, soil, pollutants and climate.

Sonia is a member of the Washoe County Food Policy Council where she works to promote local food and healthy sustainable food networks. She is also an active member of Toastmasters International. She is currently a member of University Toastmasters at UNR. She is working towards her Distinguished Toastmasters Award.

For presentations on her research and other fun presentations she has put together, please visit her Prezi page.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, telemark skiing and exploring new places.