Dana Dudle


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  • Organization
    DePauw University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My main research interests are evolutionary ecology and conservation biology. I am particularly interested in how plant traits (such as leaf size and color, or flower color and shape) respond to environmental stressors like too much sun, too little water, too much salt, etc. I am also interested in how plants' stress responses affect their flowering and reproductive success.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I find the best thing about being a scientist is getting to think up interesting questions about the world around me, and then actually getting to answer those questions with experiments, along with other great people. Sometimes when I am hiking through a beautiful place, I think to myself "I can't believe I am being paid to do this!"

  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    An important thing to remember about science is that, although it is important to learn a lot of details and "facts", some of the most important parts of doing science are about creativity and working together with other people. So... if you have a few "bad" tests or "boring" classes, don't give up! Creative, collaborative people make the best scientists... and the facts and details will come along eventually. Keep at it!

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  • 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

Group 1 Gabby, Elijah, C and C Dana Dudle

hi all,

Thanks for describing the updates on your initial experiments...  Did you do your next experiment with different amounts of baking soda? What did you find out? Is there a maximum amount of baking soda that will speed up the leaf…

Group 1 Gabby, Elijah, C and C Dana Dudle

Hi all,  I'm Professor Dana Dudle and I am a plant biologist at DePauw University in Indiana.  I am looking forward to working with your group as you test a new variable using the leaf disk system.  What are you going to work…


Oh and I forgot to ask-- do you get to design your own experiments next time?  Let me know if you have any ideas or questions... I have done this experiment with my college students. 

Happy disk-floating, Dr. D

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