Juliet Oshiro


  • Time Zone

  • Organization
    University of California Santa Cruz

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I study how and why plants flower in response to climate change. Specifically, I study how their traits (deep roots, leaf color, succulence) cause them to respond or not respond to climate change. My study takes place in Santa Cruz County California in two habitats: grasslands, which are like meadows, and sandhills, which are inland areas with sandy soil.

  • 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 always wanted to save the environment. Humans are changing the environment so drastically, and I wanted to be a part of studying what's happening and developing solutions for environmental challenges. But I didn't know if I wanted to be on the advocacy/policy side of things, or if I wanted to be a scientist--until I discovered that love plants! Once I realized how fascinating plants were, I wanted to learn more about them. So I decided that I wanted to use plants to study environmental change, and I became a plant scientist.

  • Profile Question 2
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Your research never goes as planned, so you have to be able to adapt when something doesn't go as expected. But, this usually leads in new and interesting directions. If your results aren't as expected, that's interesting too--because now you get to figure out why!

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Favorite CA native plant: Calochortus albus Favorite flower: Hibiscus I love flowers and these two make me happy!

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

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

Recent Posts

OSUST Ojo Team 2 Juliet Oshiro

Hi Sophy, Thanks for touching base. They're still waiting on some materials that got mixed up in customs. The research questions are so far only the ones that the teacher had me pass along (posted here and in the mentor forum).


OSUST Ojo Team 2 Juliet Oshiro

Hi Sophy, here is a message from your student team via their teacher:

"Team two asked under which outlines are they going to describe their qualitative results. I think what they mean by that is, what are they describing when viewing under…

OSUST Ojo Team 3 Juliet Oshiro

Hi Diana, this message is from your team of students via their teacher:

"they asked if there are measurements they will take if interpreting their result from the microscope, i.e. is there anything like quantitative reading?"

I think…


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