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Alex Crum

Alex Crum wearing a blue jacket with trees in the backgroundI am a Plant & Microbial Biology graduate student in the Yang lab. My research interests include the evolution of plant metabolites and how evolution has affected the way we use plants. If she's not in the lab, she's probably gardening, hiking, trying something new in the kitchen, or telling people about the last cool plant she saw.

Breaking the Ice by Plunging Into a Puddle

How I learned to embrace embarrassment in science

Flies buzzed around my sweaty face as I pushed a patch of especially tall grassy sedges out of my way. It was a hot summer day and I stood in the middle of a wetland on Leech Lake in a long-sleeved shirt and chest-high waders. Thick clumps of roots and deceptively deep puddles added extra effort to every step. After an hour in the meadow, I was tired like I’d run miles.

I was having a great time. Sort of.