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UT climate expert chased butterflies to prominence, awards

By Helen Anders - American-Statesman Staff



The University of Texas’ star climatologist was planning a career in medical research until she met the white rats.

“The cutest little white rats,” she says with a smile, remembering the creatures she encountered on the first day of vertebrate physiology lab in her premed senior year at UT. She read the instructions on how to anesthetize the rats, cut them open live, remove some organs and eventually kill them.

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