Hello everyone, I’m Shyam Sundaram, a pre-med Biology major who developed a passion for science through childhood documentaries. This plant class marks a significant step for me in deepening my understanding of botany, particularly focusing on plant-environment and plant-animal interactions, crucial knowledge for my future medical career. Besides academics, I enjoy hobbies like hiking, art and nature photography which have allowed me to witness firsthand the intricate relationships between flora and fauna. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to contribute to and learn from our class, and I eagerly look forward to delving into the complexities of plant physiology, diversity, and evolution with all of you. Thank you.