|address1:||Point Park University|
|address2:||201 Wood Street|
OrganizationPoint Park University
Employment StatusUniversity / College Faculty
RoleScientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online
Research Interests (300 words)Research interests include pollinators, lichens and wetland restoration. I currently manage a citizen science project called Project Bee Watch around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are surveying meadows to determine the status of pollinators in the region. I am also a lichenologist, using lichens in southwestern Pennsylvania to assess air quality and establish a distribution map of lichens. My third research project is assisting a local land trust in restoring a floodplain wetland, and providing the expertise in annual monitoring of wetland plants. Additional studies I have done with my botany classes include measuring tree biomass in forested plots to calculate carbon dioxide sequestration, using algae as indicators of water quality and forensic botany.
Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)I am a university professor that teaches botany and ecology, among other environmental courses not related to plants. My research regularly includes undergraduate students. Some of those students are science majors; and occasionally I supervise an honor student not in the science program. My research brings me in regular contact with the local community. I've participated in community festivals supporting plant science, presented to a wide variety of organizations and community members and train citizen scientists to help me collect data on pollinators. I also volunteer at libraries to teach a variety of science topics to young children and taught a high school summer workshop on environmental science.
Profile Question 2What is your favorite plant? Why?
Profile Question 3Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?
AvailabilityI am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations
Preferred Student Level(s)Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)
Elementary School Students (5th grade)
Preferred Investigation ThemesTree-mendous Trees
What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?2
Thank you for sending me a picture. Looks like your experiment is going well. Celery is cool to work with because you can see the collenchyma tissues, which are the "stringy" parts of the stem. These tissues help to hold the plant up.
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