Derek Denney


  • Time Zone

  • Organization
    University of Georgia

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My current research focuses on a mustard plant, Boechera stricta, and how it has adapted to its local environments. I study the genetic basis of local adaptation across elevational and climate gradients to decipher how climate change will affect plant populations.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is called Mimosa pudica (the Sensitive plant). You touch it and the leaves will fold inward almost instantly! I wanted to know how it worked and so I began studying plants. Now I am where I am because of my interest in this fascinating plant!

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I have always been excited about science. As a kid, I wanted a microscope so badly. I remember getting one when I was 7 or 8. I don't know what exactly got me interested in science, but the more I learned about it, the more I knew I wanted to pursue a career in science. It has been a lot of hard work, but I have loved it!

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
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  • How did you hear about PlantingScience?
    Partner Organization E-mail

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

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

Recent Posts

chslowenbergfall2017 project 2 Derek Denney

That sounds like a very well-thought out experiment! Thank you for giving me the details. What do you think will cause the pH to change inside the cup? And what will cause the leaf punches to float? 

chslowenbergfall2017 project 2 Derek Denney

Hey Derrick, I think that pH experiment sounds like a good idea. How are you going to test for optimal photosynthesis? What would you expect to find? What sort of equipment do you need for this experiment? I want to know more details about your…

chslowenbergfall2017 project 2 Derek Denney
commented on a blog post

Hi Derrick, I am glad you guys have chosen me to mentor you. I am happy to help! (Great name, by the way!) 

That is a great question. Why did I choose botany over animal sciences or astronomy? Well, I really fell in love with plants when I…


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