Adriana moved to the Bulkley Valley three and a half years ago, motivated by the beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor options all year around in the valley, the vibrant Smithereen community, and her dream of growing her own food on an acreage with her partner. Adriana is a biologist with extensive research experience as a molecular plant physiologist, studying physiological responses, gene expression, and phenotypic plasticity of plants exposed to abiotic stresses (such as drought, light deficiency, and contaminants) and in plant-fungi interactions. Adriana holds a PhD degree in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta and was a postdoctoral fellow for three years at the University of Alberta and two years at the University of Montreal. Adriana also contributes to a blog ‘Biogenic Colombia,’ as part of a group of Colombian scientists that communicate science in non-technical terms to a Spanish-speaking readership. Adriana is currently on maternity leave from her job with the Environmental Protection Division at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.