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Eric Schultz


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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in studying gravity and how plants can perceive it, using various molecular and morphologic tools. In the past, I have studied plant growth on the International Space Station and in other altered gravity conditions. I am also interested in plant ecophysiology, how plants respond to their environments, and what conditions can change root growth and morphology.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Welwitschia mirabilis. It's an endangered gymnosperm that lives in the desert! There's nothing like it. Cycads are great too.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I decided to go into science when I discovered I couldn't leave things alone. I was always asking, "Why?" and "How?" and the further I went in education, the more I realized that I could have a career asking these questions in a system that was really interesting to me.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Lots of different activities. Some days, I am a pure molecular biologist--extracting RNA and DNA and running PCRs. Other days, I’m a computer programmer. And even other days, I’m an engineer, building imaging systems or fixing broken lab equipment. Not to mention instructing undergraduate researchers and other interested students!

  • 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?

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