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Introduction – David Zimmerman

Hello Floggers!

My name is David Zimmerman and I am a new Echinacea Project intern for Fall of 2019. I am a student at the College of DuPage, where I also work as a tutor concentrating on introductory Biology. Never having worked in a lab before, I am very excited to learn how plant and population biology research is conducted and for the opportunity to translate what I learn into a research project. I am very thankful for this opportunity and looking forward to working with you all in the future!

A little more about me:

My interest in prairie ecology was sparked relatively recently after a series of injuries sidelined me from my job as a musician. To help the healing process I began to take daily walks through the Schulenberg Prairie. As winter melted into spring I observed the landscape change with new growth pushing up through snow and debris. Curious, I bought a field guide to identify all the new plant life that now accompanied me on my walks. The more species I identified the more that appeared and as the prairie reached it full height in late summer I marveled at how such a rich ecosystem could seemingly appear from nowhere and how little I really knew about the world around me. This realization has propelled me in my study of Biology and Ecology and I am thrilled to continue my educational journey this fall at the Echinacea Project.

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