After a long day of clipping spruce buds from trees for DNA extraction there was a need to process the samples a bit further as we reached our sample sites way before bud flush (see additional photo of bud size). But pulling the little bits of green tissue from the protection of their bud scales night after night was never too onerous with a cold drink, an amazing landscape and a great field assistant/friend.
A processed bud going into storage. Photo courtesy Jill Hamilton.
Jeremy B. Yoder is an Associate Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge, studying the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists. He is a collaborator with the Joshua Tree Genome Project and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in scientific careers. He has written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Awl, and Slate.