When I arrived at Franklin and Marshall College, I never envisioned myself having the opportunity to join a lab that involved repelling down 200 year old fig trees, taking lunch breaks 100 ft above the forest floor, or branch walking to reach the perfect plant sample. I first learned of Dr. Gotsch's research my sophomore year of college and immediately became interested. It combined working outdoors with meaningful biological research. Since joining the lab I have had the opportunity to spend two summers in Costa Rica conducting research. I have specialized in studying physiological traits of canopy plants to better understand community adaptations and drought resistance.