Featured Student Profiles

Tatiana Arias, BSA Student Profiles  

Tatiana Arias
University of Missouri - Columbia

I learned to love biology and the natural world as a small child. I used to visit my father once a year in Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia. There we spent our vacations exploring the jungle, and I made my decision to become a biologist because I wanted to know more about the biodiversity of my country.

Geraldine Boyden, BSA Student Profiles

Geraldine Boyden (Geri)
St. John’s University, New York
Most of my early years were spent on the beautiful island of Jamaica, a country surrounded by water and a vast array of some of the world’s most beautiful floras. As a child, I witnessed my grandparents using plants for nutrition as well as medicinal purposes. Some of these uses involved treating common ailments, such as: common colds, flu and other medical issues.

Janelle Burke, BSA Student Profiles Janelle Burke
Cornell University, L. H. Bailey Hortorium

What I really wanted after high school was an internship at the Brookfield zoo. My initial interests were in the biology of cute, cuddly mammals. Instead a friend helped me find a job in the herbarium of the Morton Arboretum, where he was a volunteer.
Laura Burkle, BSA Student Profiles Laura Burke
Dartmouth College

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in plants. As a kid, the first thing I noticed about plants is that they sit still. My parents always kept house plants and rattled off long names, like Philodendron, that I never seemed to be able to remember.

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Keri Caudle, BSA Student Profiles

Keri L. Chaudle
Fort Hays State University

A middle school teacher first sparked my interest in science, but I did not fully consider it as a career until beginning college. At first, I jumped from archeology and geology to agriculture and astronomy, trying to find where I would excel.

Jill Duarte, BSA Student Profiles

Jill Duarte
Pennsylvania State University

I have to admit, when I first got interested in biological research in high school, I wasn’t interested in plants. I even took my botany exam as a drop grade. But as learned more about biology, and especially molecular evolution - I made a conscious decision to work with plants for the rest of my life, because there’s so much more complexity in their genomes than the typical animal, fungus, or bacterium.