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Alex Crum

Alex Crum wearing a blue jacket with trees in the backgroundshe/her | I 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.

Podcast episode | Meet Lab Manager Anita Porath-Krause

When Anita Porath-Krause first joined the Borer-Seabloom lab, she was pretty new to ecology. With a PhD in evolution, she wasn’t new to research, but the experimental designs were very different. Alex connects with Anita to hear about her journey and projects that excite her.

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.