The University of California Davis doctoral candidate who went missing following the 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Haiti is apparently alive and well.

The family of 28-year-old doctoral candidate Starry Sprenkle lost contact with her following the earthquake. A university spokesperson said today that her father confirmed that she had been found.

Sprenkle was doing plant research in the town of Deschappelle several hours from Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. She has lived in Haiti on and off for six years and recently married a Haitian physician. She also has a 20 month old daughter.

The woman's father Stephen Sprenkle said she and her daughter were traveling to Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck, and he lost contact with her. The University says it appears that she and her family are safe.