Paola Rivera is a second year Ph.D. student working under the mentorship of Ethan Hill. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from UCF. While at UCF she has taught Personal Fitness, Introduction to Kinesiology, Issues and Trends in Kinesiology, and Assessment and Evaluation. Paola’s research interests include neuromuscular adaptations elicited by exercise in varying extreme environments, as well as muscle and bone development throughout the lifespan.