Solving science mysteries for a better world with Ana Cristina Fulladolsa

Spur of the Moment: Episode 08
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Picture a forensics lab where instead of investigating murders, scientists are solving plant and soil mysteries.

On this episode of Spur of the Moment, we talk with Dr. Ana Cristina Fulladolsa, the Director of the Plant and Soil Diagnostic Laboratory for Colorado State University. She studies plant samples to advise the community and business partners how to grow healthier plants and food.

In high school, Ana knew that she wanted a career in biology. In college, an experience with a farmer in a field that could finally grow tomatoes helped her realize her life’s work. Join us to learn about how soil forensics can help a community and to hear Ana’s career journey.


Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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