Assignment 1: Introduction

Hot colors explode

Not from the rainbows or rocks

But microbes within

Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser, Yellowstone via  Ignacio Palacios  

Hi everyone,

My name is Courtney Hill.

My haiku was written with inspiration from the Grand Prismatic Spring (as pictured above). The bright colors are attributed to extremophile microbes that produce different pigments.

I’m a junior and my major is molecular biology. I am looking forward to this course for two main reasons:

  1. The emphasis on interdisciplinary applications of environmental microbiology. I think it is really cool there is a diverse range in the disciplines of students taking this class. It will be interesting to see ideas in biology from a different perspective.
  2. Promoting science communication through creative writing. I don’t spend a lot of time branching outside of technical writing, but creative writing is great. It is something I would like to dedicate more time to.

I’m always impressed by the wide-reaching impacts microbes have on every facet of life and I’m excited to learn even more.

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