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Q: How did you become interested in biology?
A: Science was always my favorite subject in school growing up. I took a lot of biology classes in high school. It just clicked with me; I understood it and I could start to see the connections. I loved observing things in nature.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: After I graduate, I’d like to continue with post-doctoral work and then apply for faculty positions at a research university. [In terms of research], I don’t know for sure, but I’m most intrigued by bacteria and their ability to cope with such harsh conditions, just asking that fundamental question, “How are they making a living?” I’d like to continue focusing essentially on life and its interactions with ice.
Q: That’s perfect for someone from Minnesota.
A: It is! I spent enough time sitting on a frozen lake in high school and before. I wish I’d been thinking about these things at those times.
Erin Adler • 952-726-3283