Closeup of bacteria

Pu Wang

Research Q & A

What’s your hometown?

I grew up in a small Chinese city with more than 2,000 years of history, called Jining. If you know Confucius, he was from the same place.

What are you currently working on?

I am studying the relationship between climate and tree growth by analyzing the annual rings of trees. 

How did you get started/what drew you to your area of study?

I am coordinating with staff in the Bell Museum to modify this project into an educational module for the public audience. I want to show people that we can witness the evolutionary process within surprisingly short periods of time (a few weeks). This project will provide an alternative approach to learn about evolution besides reconstructing evolutionary history from fossils and specimens.

Where are you working on research/field work?

I do most of the research in the lab. I also study environmental microbes in lakes and collect water samples from Itasca Biological Station

What will your next steps/research be?

My aspiration is to become a faculty member in a teaching and research institution. I want to pass my passion of evolutionary biology to more people and inspire them to learn about nature.


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