"I graduated from Purdue in May 2010 with a BS in Plant Biology and a BS in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics. Currently I am a Master’s student in Paleobotany with Dr. Thomas Taylor at the University of Kansas, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research focus is fungal development in the Triassic and Permian of Antarctica.
One of the most beneficial and valuable decisions of my undergraduate career was double majoring in Plant Biology in the Purdue Botany and Plant Pathology Department. As a student in the department you are given all the opportunities you need to excel both as an undergraduate and in your future career. During my time at Purdue, I was able to take a wide variety of plant-focused courses, conduct undergraduate research, take advantage of the study abroad programs, engage with other students in the Botany Club, and be an undergraduate TA for general botany courses. All of these experiences and more have helped me develop my professional skills that I use daily as a graduate student.
Although my primary focus is paleomycology, a strong background and understanding of plant biology is essential to interpret the intricate relationships of plant-fungal interactions in paleoecosystems. I am forever indebted and thankful to the Botany Department for providing that firm foundation and background in plant biology that I will use throughout my professional career."