I accepted a position at the Carnegie Institution for Science

Probably every undergrad that has taken an ecology class has heard of the experiments of Clausen, Keck, and Hiesey at Carnegie. They grew together plants of the same species (but collected in different locations) in several experimental sites from Stanford up to the Sierra Nevadas. This was one of the first experimental studies of local adaptation. One can see in my face of excitement when I visited the Carnegie and saw their picture!

More recent landmarks of Carnegie Scientists at Stanford, to name two, are The Arabidopsis Information Resource TAIR, that maintains the reference genome of Arabidopsis thaliana (a plant model used in hundreds of labs) and the developments of climate change models that incorporate vegetation - atmosphere processes.

I feel very happy to become a faculty member at this institution and be part of the vibrant Stanford community.