Andrew Schnabel


  • Time Zone

  • Organization
    Indiana University South Bend

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests are in plant ecology, population genetics, and systematics. In one project, we explore how insect pollinators affect reproduction in hibiscus species from East Africa and use that information to help understand how loss of pollinators might affect the health of those plant populations. In a second project, we study genetic differences among species of legume trees from North America and Asia and use that genetic information to help understand how and where those trees evolved over time. Last, I have been working with colleagues in my department to develop two wetland natural areas on our campus that we use for smaller research and teaching projects.

  • Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)
    Yes, I have worked with PlantingScience since 2005, and I have worked on educational outreach with local gardening and other botanical organizations in my community.

  • 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 to become a PLANT scientist just before my third year of college, when I was inspired by the teacher of a summer field botany course that took me to lakes and forests of northern Minnesota. He was a superb teacher who helped me to see just how cool plants really are.

  • Profile Question 2
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The main lesson I have learned is that science works best when scientists cooperate with each other and share their ideas. All of my research projects have been much better when I plan and do them with the help of other scientists. We all share the work, and we all share the ideas. It's great to have your own ideas, but you need to test them out on other people and give them the chance to make the ideas better.

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  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
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  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    None of the Above

  • Videoconference Ability

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

Recent Posts

Flying Bananas Andrew Schnabel

Good bye Flying Bananas!  Thanks for all the good comments and observations and photos.  Best of luck with the remainder of your school year.  I hope you'll continue your scientific studies in the future.



Flying Bananas Andrew Schnabel

Dear Flying Bananas - I hear it's time to wrap up your project this week.  Let me know if you have questions about any final report you might need to produce.  I'm wondering what you think the most important or interesting things…

nhscohbraposspring2018 project 10 Andrew Schnabel

Hi Yuliana and Brianna -

I haven't heard from you for two weeks.  Is your project coming to an end?  Are you planning to wrap things up this week and make a final report?


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Skills & Endorsements

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  • Challenges Student Thinking
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