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.
|A nudibranch, aka sea slug, from Australia. |
Personal picture from '01
|poor little bleaching corals|
|Field portion, the purple flowers are Dame's Rocket;|
little white ones are Garlic Mustard, my "favorite" invasive
|Field portion, measuring photosynthesis|
Can't wait to see what postdoc brings!