Erin Saupe walked into our classroom with a smile on her face, ready to introduce and personally educate us on what she loves most: spiders and macroevolutionary change. Some of my fellow peers knew some general information on such topics, but I, on the other hand, had no previous knowledge of them.
She introduced her passions with a brief powerpoint briefly discussing her personal life, and also her work studies. She is currently in the process of studying Amber, and how well it preserves other organism. Saupe even traveled to Spain to further her studies and work in an out of lab enviornment to experience the act of digging for Amber. Her other recent projects include the use of mollusks for the research of macroevolution, or the major evolutionary change in whole taxonomic group.
We ended our discussion touching on the topic of biodiversity and its vital importance to evolution and the world as a whole.
Saupe created a friendly enviornment full of knowledge and passion to open the eyes of my peers and myself on her biospheric studies. She was open for discussion, and even through in some interesting fun facts on the historical inaccuracies of Jurassic Park and the strange, yet fascinating, organism called the Tully Monster.