A UC Davis graduate student and her immediate family are among those missing in Haiti following a massive earthquake.

Officials with the University of California at Davis confirmed ecology graduate student Starry Dawn Sprenkle is one of two University of California students missing in Haiti following a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Sprenkle lives in a home in Deschapelles, a two-hour drive from the major city of Port-au-Prince. According to her family, a text message sent by Sprenkle at 1:53pm Tuesday suggested she was headed to Port-au-Prince to visit her husband, Haitian medical doctor Erlantz Hyppolite, and her father-in-law following the passing of her mother-in-law at a hospital.

Port-au-Prince was devastated a short time later when the massive earthquake hit.

UC Davis Professor Kevin Rice with the Department of Plants and Sciences said a Facebook message school staff was aware of suggested Sprenkle was not harmed by the earthquake.

"She is traveling in the country," Professor Rice said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. "She is well-experienced and...I am concerned, but it's not like she doesn't know her way around the country."

Professor Rice confirmed Sprenkle and Hyppolite live with their daughter, Jasmine Sprenkle. It's unclear if Sprenkle was en route to Port-au-Prince with her daughter.

"All we know is that Sprenkle is the only UC Davis student (traveling in Haiti)," said UC Davis Public Information Officer Sylvia Wright, adding that there is no official information that would suggest Sprenkle and her immediately family living in Haiti are alive.

A statement released by Sprenkle's parents was read aloud at the Wednesday press conference.

"We are hopeful that she and Jasmine and (Hyppolite) are alright and we are waiting to hear from them," the statement released by Stephen and Merelyn Sprenkle read. "She has fallen in love with Haiti and the people of Haiti. She is doing good work for a good cause and we're really proud of her."

Professor Rice confirmed Sprenkle was researching ecological erosion in Haiti at the time of the earthquake as part of the university's ecology graduate program. Her husband, Hyppolite, works as a medical doctor at the Albert Schwitzer Medical Foundation Hospital in Deschapelles, according to the University.

UC Davis officials confirmed an unidentified UC Berkeley student is also among the missing in Haiti following the earthquake.

The Haitian city of Port-au-Prince sustained major damage and deep loss of life following the 7.0 earthquake. Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said a preliminary estimate of damage and casualties led him to believe more than 100,000 people could have perished as a result of the earthquake.

A spokesperson with the US State Department said around 100 of the estimated 40,000 Americans living in Haiti were able to make contact with their family in the United States as of Wednesday morning.