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Martha R Zwonitzer

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  • Time Zone
    Central

  • Gender
    Female

  • Organization
    Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Employment Status
    University / College Staff

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I perform research on cropping systems management, and seek to understand the dynamic interactions within a whole system--crop, soil, atmosphere, water, competition--in a semi-arid environment. In particular of interest to students would be how are crops grown in drought conditions with limited water availability and how do we target that water at key times to produce a crop yield, and in doing so how can this be done sustainably.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Early Career

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I knew from a very early age that I wanted a job that was different every single day and that involved being outside at least part of the time. It wasn’t until I worked on my first science fair project that I realized agriculture was exactly where I needed to be. My motto for my career is “It’s all about the farmer”. Whenever my focus changes I realize I am not doing what I should be.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Every day I get to do something new. Even if it is a task that I have performed a thousand times it is still a new day, a new plant, a new location, or just the fact that plants change from one day to the next. I am never bored and my mind is always working and dreaming up new questions to be answered and being a scientist gives me the freedom to try and answer them.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    The word “no” is the hardest part about being a scientist. Sometimes funding isn’t available to do an experiment that you think will answer your questions, or maybe someone else has data that would make your life easier but because of rules cannot share that data with you. Then there are times the answer to your question is no and you have to redesign your experiment to find the correct answer. It can be rewarding but frustrating at times.

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
    ASA
    CSSA
    SSSA
    Soil and Water Conservation Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

  • How did you hear about PlantingScience?
    Colleague/Friend

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)
    Undergraduate Students

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)

  • Challenge, ELL, Honors
    Academically Challenged
    ELL - English language learners
    Honors or AP - Advanced Placement

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    None of the Above
    I can fumble through spanish.

  • Videoconference Ability
    Yes

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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