Nicole L Soper Gorden


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  • Organization
    Mars Hill University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Plant-insect interactions, ecology, pollination, herbivory, and teaching.

  • Profile Question 1
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    When I was in elementary school, my mom showed me how to sprout avocado pits. I immediately wanted to make them grow better, so I ran an experiment with avocado pits in regular water and some in MiracleGro, thinking the ones in fertilizer might do better. They didn't - they rotted and started getting moldy instead! But at least I knew to always grow avocados in regular water from then on.

  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Be curious and ask questions about everything. Don't be afraid to run experiments (even small ones) in your spare time. Talk to scientists about what their job is like and how they got their job. Take science classes with a hands-on component.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I feel like this is a question that has an answer that is always changing. But right now, the coolest thing I have learned about plants recently is that there is a pitcher plant that gets a significant portion of its nutrients and nitrogen from an animal pooping in it - it's a toilet plant!

  • 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?

Recent Posts

The Lava Cakes Nicole L Soper Gorden

Hi Team!

Sorry I didn't reply sooner - I usually get an email letting me know when you post something, but this time I didn't.  I don't know if you'll be checking here again or not, but if you do, I just want to say - great…

The Lava Cakes Nicole L Soper Gorden
commented on a blog post

Hi Team!

Sharing your data with others is a really important part of the scientific process, so I hope you all enjoy making your slideshow!  To answer your questions:

Most plants don't need soil to germinate, since they get almost…

The Lava Cakes Nicole L Soper Gorden
commented on a blog post

Hi Bernie - do you remember the parts of a seed?  There's the embryo, the endosperm (which is the food for the embryo), and the seed coat.  The embryo is what is growing into a plant now.  When it grows, it uses up…


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