“I’ve always been naturally curious, but being around flowers helped solidify my desire to study biology.”
Graduate biology student Lena Hunt ’16 may have started out as a floral designer, but her research at Saint Joseph’s with Associate Professor of Biology Clint Springer, Ph.D., has taken her from that relatively small-scale world to the macro-world of agroforestry. Together, she and Springer have studied East Coast pitch pine trees, uncovering extremes within the same species from five field sites.
“Lena is a fantastic student who has forged her own path of discovery with questions that are novel to my lab,” he says.
According to Springer, the critical thinking skills Lena developed at SJU will serve her well on her next adventure: in Senegal, with the Peace Corps.
Lena says the Peace Corps has been on her “bucket list” for much of her young life. She was inspired to apply for the service by her supervisor at a butterfly conservatory who had worked to save forests in South America with the Peace Corps. Now, she’ll do the same in Africa.
Read more about Lena’s journey here.