Nora Gavin-Smyth


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  • Organization
    Chicago Botanic Garden/Northwestern University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I'm interested in diversification of plants in the important biodiversity area known as the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania. Impatiens have diversified in this area more than any other group of plants, so I study the genomes of Impatiens from this area to understand relationships between their populations and between Impatiens species.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I like that I get to learn new skills and try out new technologies in the lab. But best of all is visiting amazing places and exploring something that I find interesting: plants!

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the Baobob tree because of its giant trunk that looks so cool on the landscape. Plus, their fruit are delicious and they make the best juice!

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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  • Challenges Student Thinking
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