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The Start of the journey

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Season 1: Episode 1

Guest: Andrew Hipp, Senior Scientist at The Morton Arboretum

In this episode of Planted, we talk about how sometimes our first career aspirations are wildly different from the paths we ultimately choose to pursue. Andrew Hipp’s surprising and twisting path into the scientific field of plant systematics is just that, interesting at every turn. Listen to Andrew discuss his early aspirations; from astronaut, to creative writer, ultimately leading to his current work as a scientist. Andrew describes how he harnesses his skills as a writer to paint a picture that weaves the genetic data of oak species from around the world to create a Tree of Life for Oak trees that spans 1000s of years.

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