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Today is Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 05:18 AM.



Eliza Gould tosses back her blonde dreadlocks and adjusts her helmet. She eyeballs the tree while checking her safety harness and rope. Then she plants her foot on its trunk, and starts climbing, carefully, but nimbly and confidently.

"She's amazing," says David Dalton, associate professor of biology and Gould's thesis adviser. "You put gear on her and she's up like a monkey. The next thing you see is her boots disappearing above your head."

Gould, a second-semester senior, has married her passion for biology and physical adventure in her senior thesis, a study of the spatial and seasonal variations of antioxidants in the Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii old growth canopy.