Why I chose the avocado to symbolize my work
- I have a life-long interest in plants, ranging from a childhood obsession with rare tropical plants to a research career in the plant sciences;
- I have conducted all of my post-graduate research with avocados;
- Many of the people who know me say they think of me when they eat an avocado;
- Avocados are very important in my region. They are one of the major agricultural crops in Santa Barbara County with over $60 million worth produced in 2014.
Thus, an avocado seems the perfect plant to symbolize my passion for writing about plants.