Ph.D. Student Sarah Schmitt just received the Pathfinder Fellowship in the amount of $5,000. The Pathfinder Fellowship is funded by CUAHSI, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., sponsored by NSF. This award will fund new, two-month field research in Ascension Island, a tiny dot on the tropical mid-Atlantic ridge almost equidistant from South America and Africa. Sarah works with Dr. Diego Riveros-Iregui and her research examines the strong coupling between hydrology and ecology in tropical islands. She is funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Geological Society of America, and National Geographic’s Young Explorers Program.