Shin-Ping Lao

Following her interest in sustainable living and organic farming practices, Shin-Ping Lao has worked as a World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) Farm Intern in both Florida and Vermont. At Maggie’s Herb Farm in St. Augustine, Florida, she worked directly with plants to care for them and prepare them for sale. Moving north, she arrived at the Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester, Vermont, where she assisted in many aspects of the farm’s daily operations, including planting, crop care, harvesting, and sale. She also assisted in the construction of a new greenhouse. Through the Edible Plant Project in Gainesville, Florida, Shin-Ping Lao promoted the use of comestible plants in landscaping projects while also growing and selling these plants. Shin-Ping Lao has also involved herself with a variety of research projects. Working at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, she assisted in a comparative medicine study while performing and observing veterinary medical procedures. Returning to a separate post at the institute a year later, Shin-Ping Lao interned in the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology. She completed a number of specialized research procedures, including embryo collection, western blots, protein isolation, and immunohistochemistry. After each position, she offered a presentation of some of the project’s findings. A dedicated and distinguished student, Shin-Ping Lao earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Florida. Taking advantage of the university’s offerings in a number of fields, she also finished a minor in Spanish and a minor in botany. Shin-Ping Lao funded her entire university career with merit-based scholarships. She ultimately achieved an overall grade point average of 3.83 and graduated cum laude. In 2011, Shin-Ping Lao brought her talents to the Student Conservation Association in Beatrice, Nebraska. There, she specializes in supporting natural resource and cultural resource management while also offering assistance in matters of interpretation and education. Maintaining her interests in directly caring for plants, Shin-Ping Lao also helps monitor vegetation and control invasive species.