Annie Lenhart ‘18, Researches Genetic Variation Among Species of Birch Trees

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Lenhart is researching the genetic variation among the Virginia round-leaf birch (Betula uber), sweet birch (Betula lenta), and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)

Annie Lenhart working in the biology lab.She is using genetic markers to compare the genetic identity of the rare B. uber to its sister species, B. lenta.

This project has given the Cookeville, Tennessee native the chance to meet people at conferences and to work in a field of biology she is passionate about, genetics.

“I get to gain amazing lab experience that I would never even get the chance at in a big D1 school. Plus I have gotten closer with my professors.”

Lenhart plans on narrowing down her options to attend graduate school.

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