Jesse Adams


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  • Organization
    University of Hawaii at Manoa

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research focuses on the Hawaiian endemic members of the genus Polyscias (Araliaceae). This group only occurs in Hawaii and many of the species are quite rare-several are federally listed endangered species. I am interested in how the species found only on the island of Kauai are related to one another.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Hesperomannia sweyzei, it is a such a charismatic plant and its lineage is quite interesting.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The world is literally your oyster. Science is about questioning the natural world around you and seeking the information necessary to explain it. Everyday you can learn something new, open mind-joyful learning.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I was conducting field work on Mt. Wai'ale'ale (one of the wettest spots on earth) with officials from the State of Hawai'i. It was horizontal rain, the soles came off my shoes and my feet were soaked and I was freezing. We had been looking for one of the species that I study for about a week with no success. It was critical to get samples from this site because it is habitat from which this species was first described. Thinking that the whole trip was a bust were about to turn around. Just then, the clouds parted and there were the trees we needed.

  • Availability
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  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
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