Pearl Lam

Instructional Specialist

Southern Arizona Coordinator

Pearl Lam Portrait

Growing in Phoenix, I knew that water was a scarce but valuable resource in Arizona. I always looked forward to the warm desert rains and witnessing how they immediately impact our local southwestern landscape. My fondest memories include watching the colors of pebbles and mesquite turn dark and vivid after a rain. The next day, I love seeing the Ocotillos sprout their leaves and brighten up the desert!

In 2013, I moved to Tucson to study at the University of Arizona where I earned my B.S. and M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate careers, I had many exciting research experiences, which included studying the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel, genomic instability in budding yeast, and ancient proteins in genetically-engineered cyanobacteria, that led me to where I am today! In these experiences, I discovered my gravitation towards mentoring and educating students in STEM with active, hands-on learning. As an Arizona Project WET team member, I am able to integrate mentorship, education, and water stewardship in my work and help make a difference in the community.

As the APW Instructional Aide, I focus on mentoring our team of undergraduate student Water Educators, who deliver our water education programs to local schools in the Tucson-area. I am also the lead facilitator in Southern Arizona for the Arizona Water Festival 4th Grade Teacher Workshops and volunteer training. I love being able to work with the Tucson community and help protect our precious resource, water!


  • B.S. Molecular & Cellular Biology, The University of Arizona
  • M.S. Molecular & Cellular Biology, The University of Arizona