Summer D Traylor

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Pacific

  • Organization
    Portland State University

  • Employment Status
    University / College Graduate Student

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    MY CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS INCLUDE: INVASIVE AND NON-NATIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT, MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION AND THE EFFECT MICROPLASTICS HAVE ON WILDLIFE

  • Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)
    I HAVE TWO YEARS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS A MENTOR FOR COLLEGE FRESHMAN SPECIFICALLY FROM LOW-INCOME, FIRST GENERATION, AND HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED BACKGROUNDS. OVER THESE TWO YEARS I HELD ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS WITH OVER SIXTEEN STUDENTS AND HELD GROUP MEETINGS OF OVER EIGHTY STUDENTS. I ALSO HELD TUTORING SESSIONS TWICE A WEEK FOR THREE HOURS. I HAVE ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC OUTREACH AND NATURE INTERPRETATION AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Graduate Student

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The best part about being a scientist for me is seeing what nature is like first hand outside of a lab. For example, I lived and worked on Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary, a remote seabird rookery in the North Western Hawaiian Islands, with only nine other scientists. I saw birds hatch from eggs, practice mating dances, and eventually fly away from the atoll. I also saw how the plants on Kure completely dominate the landscape and thrive in a sometimes harsh environment. Learning and studying science in the field gives me new perspectives on the importance of my work as a scientist. It gives me a greater appreciation for the plants and animals I get to work with.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    A typical day for me currently working as a native seed technician starts with me waking up in my tent surrounded by trees, wildlife, or maybe a stream. I pack up my gear for the day and eat breakfast, probably yogurt and some fruit. I then use GIS, a mapping software, to determine what areas I would like to scout for the native plants I'm collecting. I drive and hike around to these locations. I may see some deer or wild horses. When I find a large population of the plants I'm looking for, I spend some time collecting the seeds from these plants and putting them in paper bags. I also take soil samples, wind direction, and information on all the other plants in the area. These seeds will be used for fire restoration across the Great Basin area of Nevada. Around 5 o' clock, I set up my tent and eat dinner. I stay up listening to coyotes and watching the stars before I go to bed in the middle of a field of wildflowers.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Don't be afraid to make mistakes! Science is a 50/50 game. You get it right sometimes and you get it wrong sometimes. Stay determined! If you have a passion for science it will take you to great places. Find like-minded people! You want to surround yourself with people who inspire you and who you can inspire as well. Seek out resources that will help you succeed! Take advantage of whatever you can to help yourself become an amazing scientist. Tutoring, a mentor, school counselors, study groups, and the library are all great resources.

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

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Elementary School Students (5th grade)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)
    Plants Get Sick, Too!
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)

  • Challenge, ELL, Honors
    Academically Challenged
    ELL - English language learners
    Honors or AP - Advanced Placement

  • Videoconference Ability
    Yes

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    1

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