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Growing up I was always very interested in science; out of all the subjects, it really stimulated my curiosity and I loved how many questions remained in the realm of biology specifically. It was amazing to me how we still barely understand the living things that inhabit the Earth and the processes that drive them. As a result, I ended up doing research in a lab on a green alga during my undergraduate career. I fell in love with the process of research and experimentation, because it satisfied my curiosity. However, it was not until a travel seminar to Costa Rica where I was able to see the diversity of tropical plants that I gained an enormous respect for the ability of plants to respond to their environment. This experience truly fueled my passion to pursue a career as a plant biologist.