Aly Baumgartner likes to hug trees and play in the dirt. She is a paleobotanist and studies the relationship between leaf shape and climate. She does this by studying the size and shape of modern and fossil leaves.

Aly is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geosciences at Baylor University studying with Dr. Dan Peppe. She completed her M.S. in Biology at East Tennessee State University and her B.S. in Environmental Science and Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan. You can see her CV here.