An Unexpected Adventure

Featured Image: Balsamorhiza sagittata (BASA) by the Columbia River Gorge.

The past six months have been quite the unexpected adventure. After graduating from college, deferring graduate school, and taking an internship on the other side of the country in a state I had never before visited, I could have never anticipated my present life. The most unexpected occurrence of it all was deciding to accept a permanent position with the Forest Service. While I still plan to pursue a Master’s degree, I came to the understanding that using my DHA certificate was an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to pass up.

For those of you that have no idea who I am – HI, I’m Paula 😊 I currently live and work in Boise, Idaho for an RMRS lab that studies plants. We focus on common garden studies, which are used in ecology and evolutionary biology as a way to study genetic variation. These experiments can be very helpful for answering scientific questions related to local adaptation and seed transfer zone development.

Phacelia hastata (PHHA) at the Orchard Common Garden.
Erigeron pumilus (ERPU) at the Orchard Common Garden.
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