Hello! My name is Luz K. Molina and I am a Marine Scientist interested in interactive data visualization. I am originally from Colombia. I did my Masters on Phytoplankton Abundance and Composition at USM. Due to my background, I have sampled, tested and analyzed data. Now I enjoy finding hidden patterns in data and displaying them. I pursued my PhD in Visualization at Manchester Metropolitan University. If you would like to look at my research click here!
I was born in Bogota, but raised in Cartagena de Indias. I always enjoyed living by the Caribbean Sea. This eventually turned into my desire to study Biology and focus in Limnology. I was very interested in how environmental factors affect life in aquatic ecosystems. I definately enjoyed taking samples on the field, and analyzing water samples in the lab. I was fortunate to do sampling in the Amazon River and the Orinoco River. These experiences opened the doors for me to continue my studies and pursue a Masters degree.
I was awarded an assistantship to study Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. It was an amazing experience where I had the chance to sample the Gulf of Mexico on research cruises. My enthusiasm for research did not stop there. I realized that besides field work and lab work, I enjoyed analyzing data. I also found that crating graphs was an excelent way of understanding the measurements, but to show them to the public.
I decided that that was the next step in my career. I applied for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University to work in Fisheries Visualizations. Currently I am creating visaalizations of topics I am interested in and freelancing on visualization.