Our mission is to discover, maintain, and transmit knowledge concerning basic plant biology and provide leadership in the biological sciences.
As a department, we affirm Chancellor Blank’s repeated messages that the diversity of our community is a source of strength and creativity. We are more alike than we are different and as a department, we have no tolerance for discrimination or racism. We welcome you, wherever you are from and whoever you are.
The tires on our Jeep barely grip the twin strips of overgrown asphalt. I catch myself asking the battered skid plates underneath to forgive my fondness for potholes. But there is hardly any room for evasion. On our left is an impenetrable green wall of trees, ferns, tree-ferns, and moss. To the right, a truncated grass verge reminds us of the shear 2,000 ft. plunge to the valley below. Rising fog obscures the ledge—and my anxiety.
If a tree is witness to a murder, a translator is needed to get its testimony. Enter Alex Wiedenhoeft, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Research Botanist and Team Leader in the Center for Wood Anatomy Research (CWAR).
Research in the Baum Lab shows that simple laboratory techniques can spur the kinds of reactions that are likely necessary to explain how life got started on Earth some four billion years ago.
- September 28Environmental Fieldwork Abroad: School for Field Studies (SFS)Virtual Info Session1:00 PM, Online