Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
Whether I’m in the lab or the field, a typical day starts with a cup of coffee! If I’m in the lab, a lot of my day to day work – such as collecting and analyzing data from experiments—is on the computer. I’ll also write or research journal articles if I’m finishing up an experiment. On other days, I’ll put on my lab coat and gloves, extract DNA from the plant samples, and get it ready for sequencing!
Field days aren’t as frequent, but they’re my favorite part of being a botanist! Typically during field days, we collect leaves from plants, which we can later use to extract their DNA in the lab. Sometimes, I’ll hike 10+ miles a day in beautiful, secluded areas looking for one plant in particular. Field trips usually occur during the spring when all the plants are in bloom and are easier to see, and it’s important to keep my plant identification skills proficient for field season. However, field days don’t always take place outside—some of our experiments are conducted entirely in the greenhouse. Greenhouse experiments always need watering, measuring, repotting, and general care, in addition to conducting the experiment and data collection.