Born and raised in New York in a Haitian household, Joyce never dreamed of being in a Ph.D. program. She discovered her passion for plant biology during a trip to Haiti in 2010 where she realized the diversity of biological organisms. Joyce completed a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences at Cornell University and a Curatorial Fellowship at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. She is passionate about diversity not only in nature but also in academia. Joyce dreams of becoming a curator of a natural history collection at a university where she can teach, conduct research, and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM
Joyce's brother, Jeffrey, is a professional photographer/videography now living in San Fancisco. Jeffrey shot this amazing video using the UC Berkeley campus as a backdrop to Joyce's experiences as an incoming grad student. Boy, do these two make a dynamic duo!!!