I've always been curious about the natural world and I've enjoyed the outdoors since I was a kid. At one point I realized that I was really interested in learning as many plants as possible, and being from a country like Costa Rica that turned out to be a huge task. All that led me to get an undergraduate degree in Biology, and being now at CGU's Department of Botany at RSABG is just a great way to train myself for making a significant contribution in my area of research.
Although I'd like to collaborate, it's hard at CGU because there are no other basic science departments.
Research on tropical plants, teaching.
For general reading on Botany, Raven's "Biology of Plants" is probably the best reference out there.
For botanizing in California, "The Jepson Manual" and "The Jepson Desert Manual" are the best resources available. Both of them are technical books, so if you are inexperienced arm yourself with good glossary of botanical terms and patience or get an illustrated guide to become familiar with the flora.