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Amy Leigh Klocko

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  • Time Zone
    Mountain

  • Organization
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Currently, my research is investigating methods to prevent specific species of forest trees from making fertile flowers. Such trees would be useful as they would not be able to breed with wild trees, and would allow growers to have plantations of highly specialized trees. Most of my work is with poplar (the ones that make seeds in fluffy cotton like stuff) and Eucalyptus (the stuff koalas eat). Both are economically important trees, grown for making boards, paper, and other products.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Hmm, I have so many favorites. I am a huge fan of unusual plants, like the corpse flower (biggest flower in the world!). I also love tea and chocolate, both of those come from plants.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    One tough thing about being a scientist is that not all experiments work. Some don't work because of mistakes (we all make mistakes, scientists make tons of them!). Some don't give you the answer you were hypothesizing but that's ok, that's why it's a hypothesis.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    One time I went to lunch after spending the morning in the greenhouse. Some of my friends kept looking at me a little funny and I didn't know why. Well, later I looked in the mirror and saw I had a huge pink tobacco flower stuck right to the top of my head! They are very sticky indeed. Turns out my friends thought I put it there on purpose for a funny sort of fashion accessory!

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
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  • 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?
    2

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  • Responsive
    Jason Keeler
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  • Experienced
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  • Encouraging
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  • Challenges Student Thinking
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