Sonia Heckler is pursuing a career in agriculture. Her main research interests include horticulture, agriculture policy and season extension technologies.

Sonia is currently working with Reno Food Systems as their social media and marketing intern to help expand their brand and influence. She manages their website newsletter and social media with an eye on maximizing each platform to connect with the most people.

Sonia received her Masters degree in Geography and her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Geography from University of Nevada, Reno. As a student, she had the opportunity to work in many labs on campus studying water, soil, pollutants and climate. Her masters research focused on how high tunnels impact the climate and crop growth in northern Nevada. She used 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 combined physical and human geography to conduct research needed by the local community.

Sonia is a member of the Washoe County Food Policy Council where she works to promote local food and healthy sustainable food networks. She manages the council’s website and social media pages.

Sonia is also an active member of Toastmasters International. She is currently a member of University Toastmasters at UNR where she produces the club newsletter. She is working towards her Distinguished Toastmasters Award.

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