Why Plants? My Story
This was originally posted on my PhD blog on 8/27/14
The combination of the first class topic of Why Study Plants in Plant Molecular Biology and two hashtags (#IAmAScientistBecause and #IAmABotanist) on Twitter yesterday has made me reflective and contemplative. So here is my story...
I was not always a plant person. When I was little, 8, I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist. We lived in landlocked Dallas, Texas at the time, but my Mom got me a set of The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau. I read them until they fell apart. I was convinced I would work with whales and figure out their language. Then I started SCUBA diving at 15 and became obsessed with nudibranchs. They are colorful, mysterious and amazing. I knew there had to be some incredibly discoveries to make with these tiny flatworms. I was still clearly an animal person, while I thought kelp was cool too, I was more interested in the beautiful and strange critters.
Can't wait to see what postdoc brings!
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