Our very own undergraduate Research Assistant, Jovany Cota, has been nominated to represent UC Santa Barbara in the statewide CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) Conference on February 12th. We are excited for Jovany to share his research project on “COVID-19 Transmission and Mobility in Wildfire Impacted Areas”. The purpose of this study is to research the spread of COVID-19 in wildfire impacted areas in order to assess if the presence of a wildfire impacts the mobility patterns and transmission of COVID-19. To investigate this, Jovany compared mobility patterns in 2019 to the mobility patterns that coincided with both the COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires in California. Jovany is currently an undergraduate Geography Major with an Emphasis in GIS.