Emily L Gillespie


  • Time Zone

  • Organization
    Friesner Herbarium

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    taxonomy, diversity, evolution, biogeography, genetics

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I decided mid-undergraduate college after being a music major for two years. I realized that music was a good hobby for me, but there was an absence of problem solving for me, that science provided. I only realized how cool plants were during early graduate school, however!

  • Profile Question 2
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    As a university professor and herbarium curator, my typical week includes teaching duties (both freshman courses and upper division courses), supervision of student workers and student researchers, management of a budget, supervision of a herbarium assistant, departmental activities such as faculty meetings, serving as a resource for plant-based questions from members of the community, community outreach, and my own research activities.

  • Profile Question 3
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I have learned, sometimes the hard way, that science isn't always about the science. Sometimes it's about personalities, egos, competition, and occasionally really troubling behavior. However, having excellent mentors, friends who are also scientists, and supportive colleagues, much of the unpleasantness can be avoided most of the time. I *have* learned that assuming you're the only one experiencing negative aspects of our job is usually a mistake, and that most academics have encountered similar things and can offer support, someone to listen, and maybe even a good solution. Cultural issues in science can be a serious challenge, and I think it's important to discuss them as openly as possible for the sake of future scientists.

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

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