Carla Cao earned a BS in Biology from Florida International University in 2009 in Miami, Florida, where her focus was botany. She assisted in environmental laboratory and field research geared towards the restoration of the Everglades National Park and wetland ecosystems. She then earned her BM in Music Composition from New World School of the Arts College in 2014 in Miami, Florida. Carla is currently a Master of Music in Composition student at the University of Georgia (UGA). Her music is informed by her biophilia, her experience with diverse cultures, and her never-ending exploration of philosophical inquiries. She is also a graduate assistant with Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), a UGA-based initiative that stimulates and facilitates interdisciplinary arts activity and dialogue among students, professors, and community members. She is inspired and motivated by social drives, such as the Community Rights Movement, that advocate for the right of communities to local self-government and the right of nature to thrive.