Hello all, my name is Amanda and I’m a Ph.D. student at UAF. I’m part of the collaborative Ph.D. program between UAF and UAA and, therefore, reside in Anchorage. For my dissertation I’m using stable isotope to construct food webs in order to develop ecosystem models, my focus is Beringian seabirds. I’m an avid outdoorsman but as an ornithologist I’m partial to birds. I don’t have much a botanical background but my love for botany has grown as I’ve advanced through my graduate studies and especially since moving to Alaska. I enjoy identifying edible plants and fungi specifically when pollinators are involved. I work in the stable isotope lab at UAA and have access to numerous types of microscopes, fortunately for me. At the moment my favorite plant is probably Peperomia ‘Funky Frog’. I have close to 75 houseplants and absolutely love anything houseplant related, specifically epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants). As far as native plants go Lupine is just beautiful to me and I stop to look at it any time I find some. I am really looking forward to taking this class as I hope to gain a better understanding of botanical terms and dichotomous keys. Cheers!