Alea Laidlaw graduated in 2020 from Wesleyan University majoring in the Science in Society Program concentrating in Earth and Environmental Science and Sociology with a minor in Film. She is passionate about the intersectionality between environmental science and public health, specifically how the Anthropocene will impact food security and nutrition. Before college, she took a gap year through Thinking Beyond Borders studying international development concentrating in public health, environmental science, education, and sustainable agriculture respectively in South Africa, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru. She conducted research at the Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef to study the impact of climate change on crustose coralline algae. She has recently investigated water security in Northwest Syria through the One Health Field Network, with focus groups and multi-site questionnaire analysis.