Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online
Research Interests (300 words)
I study sex and gender in plants. I currently work with a sex-changing maple tree that grows in the eastern United States. Although I love trees I am also curious about mosses, weeds, lichens, and mushrooms.
Profile Question 1
What is best about being a scientist?
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I love being able to run around in the woods and investigate questions I think are interesting.
Profile Question 2
What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?
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I've learned that scientists gradually back towards an answer by ruling out other options. This is very different from how the world talks about science - saying that "scientists have PROVED..." As a scientist I never get to truly prove anything and sometimes it is frustrating. Nevertheless, it is exciting to be part of the process - of having there be "less stuff that we don't understand by a tiny amount."
Profile Question 3
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I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations
In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?