An Unforgettable Bloom

How an other-worldly plant inspired my journey from literature major to aspiring scientist

Artwork by Valentina Ferro (@earendil1789)

I smelled the flower before I saw it. The stench was reminiscent of an old garbage bin, rotten and sour, and the air that carried it was warm against my skin. The smell was revolting to me, but to the pollinators of this particular flower a rose by any other name would not…

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Lost twentysomething with a passion for science and feminism. Horse welfare advocate and behaviorist.

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Sarah Olson Michel

Lost twentysomething with a passion for science and feminism. Horse welfare advocate and behaviorist.