Rhiannon Michele Peery


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  • Gender

  • Organization
    University of Alberta

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I use DNA and computational biology to answer questions about forest health.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Profile Question 1
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Scientists wear many hats. You need to be creative, have good writing skills, and the more you know about computers the better! This makes a liberal arts education important for your development as a scientist. Take classes from all disciplines - you'll be surprised at how applicable your English and art classes will be later when writing manuscripts.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is that you are always learning. New information becomes available everyday. Reading about other scientists work helps you do your job better and can keep you passionate about your own work.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    My high school, Tonasket High School in Washington state, had amazing science teachers. I wouldn't be a scientist today if they were not passionate about teaching and trying new things. I took AP classes in genetics, anatomy and physiology, and even an introductory level applied biology class. Each had fun projects including dissections, breeding fruit flies, and making mayonnaise to learn about emulsions and chemistry. Each of these courses taught me that learning new things through experimentation can be challenging and fun at the same time.

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
    American Society of Plant Taxonomists
    Botanical Society of America
    Society of Systematic Biologists

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

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    Elementary School Students (5th grade)

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    Plants Get Sick, Too!
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)

  • 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

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

Recent Posts

DHS Team 13 Rhiannon Michele Peery

Let me know if you would like any help with ideas on how to present your data for your poster  - I'm happy to help!

PHSWC Alba Team 3 Rhiannon Michele Peery

Any last updates or questions you want to ask?

PHSWC Alba Team 3 Rhiannon Michele Peery

Sorry to hear about your plant's demise.

How are you planning to summarize your data? Do you have guidelines from your class or do you get to determine it on your own?


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