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ESP Biography

ELENA BUTLER, Business consultant/former scientist/math teacher

Major: Applied Math/Evolutionary Bio

College/Employer: Bain & Company (school: Harvard)

Year of Graduation: 2010

Picture of Elena Butler

Brief Biographical Sketch:

When Elena was 13 years old, she had a collection of over 100 species of carnivorous plants. She then studied Applied Math with Organismic and Evolutionary Biology as an undergrad at Harvard, which allowed her to to turn her childhood hobby into a senior thesis on the genetics of carnivorous plants.

Following college, Elena spent an awesome semester as an Algebra II teacher at SF University High School. She then moved to Borneo as a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia. In Borneo, she achieved her lifelong dream of climbing Mt. Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, to study the carnivorous plants there.

Elena moved back to the U.S. in October and is currently an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she models pricing options for a large technology company and dreams of moving back to the classroom or the jungle as soon as possible. Outside of work and carnivorous plants, she enjoys organic gardening and is an amateur opera singer.

Past Classes

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B2285: Carnivorous plants, Cacti, and Corn: the Evolution of Plant Life in Splash! Spring 2012
Ever think that plants are boring? Think again. In this class, we'll explore the crazy plants on this planet and explain how evolution made them so aweome. We'll first talk about how plants made the jump from land to water, then about how they diversified into the giant sequoias, Venus flytraps, and tomatoes we see today. We'll also get a chance to examine some crazy real-life plants! You'll never look at a green thing again.