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Carlos Cabrera


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My goal is to be an environmental scientist and artist. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by nature, spending hours exploring riverbeds and trails near my home and observing the unique characteristics of plants and animals. In high school, I studied marine biology and oceanography, and took classes in physical geography, environmental science, and geology of natural disasters at local community colleges. I am currently majoring in environmental studies at Reed College, but I am considering changing to a biology major with a focus on environmental ecology and ecosystems. I am learning how natural systems interact, how to interpret data from environmental science, the impact of human behavior and natural disasters on the environment and strategies for mitigating these issues. As a visual artist, I use environmental themes in my artwork and am pursuing a second major in film and media studies. I am intrigued by the connection between media and environmental conservation, and highlighting how environmental anime enhances public awareness and encourages change. Last summer, I volunteered at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, focusing on research examining the effects of human activities on estuarine ecosystems and supporting restoration plans. My primary responsibilities included monitoring oyster survival, marsh-upland ecosystem habitats, and measuring water lines at high and low tides. I enjoyed working in diverse topographies like mud, water, and rocky soil and felt at home as I navigated the waist-deep water and muddy embankments at Elkhorn Slough.


Reed College

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
    • Environmental Geosciences

York School

High School
2018 - 2022


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
    • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
    • Graphic Communications
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Environmental Services

    • Dream career goals:

      Enviromental Scientist and Artist

    • Peer Mentor

      Reed College
      2023 – Present1 year



    2020 – 20222 years

    Cross-Country Running

    Junior Varsity
    2018 – 20191 year


    • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy

      Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve — Volunteer Intern
      2023 – 2023


    • Monterey Youth Art Collective

      Visual Arts
      YAC Fall Art Show, 11/2021 YAC Thinking Out Loud Art Show, 2/2022 Ocean Arts Festival, 4/2022
      2021 – Present
    • York School

      Conceptual Art
      2018 – 2022
    • Monterey Peninsula College

      Computer Art
      MPC STEAM 3.0 Virtual Art Show, 11/2021
      2018 – 2021

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Salinas Juneteenth Celebration — Annual 1-day Volunteer
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Salinas Public Libary — Volunteer
      2017 – 2020

    Future Interests