Natalie Madeleine Howe

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    US Department of Agriculture

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    At the USDA, I work at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to prevent the spread of pests of and diseases in international food trade.



    As a teacher, I try lots of different activities and projects to help inspire students to care about maintaining and increasing biodiversity, especially in urban areas.



    My recent research centers on urban ecology. I am working with the U.S. Forest Service to determine how the Philadelphia urban forests will respond to the invasion of the emerald ash borer. I am also studying how lichen distributions respond to different urban conditions in the Phildelphia-Camden Urban Matrix. In my dissertation research, I studied how soil lichens influence soil structure, chemistry and biological communities.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Frullania eboracensis:
    It is my favorite plant because barely anyone knows it's a plant! It's an epiphytic liverwort that grows all over the trees of the northeastern US and under a microscope, you can see it's a spectacular ladder of liverwort leaves making delicate traces across the bark.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    That a plant-fungual mutualism might have been involved in the plant transition to the land!

  • Profile Question 3
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I was trying to study the state of a lichen community on a polluted mountainside; I thought there is no way I can learn to identify all these lichens, and do so much repetitive data collection, but then I did, and we found out there was a lichen community recovery underway, which was really exciting!

  • 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?
    1

Recent Posts

SES Team 5 Natalie Madeleine Howe

So glad to hear you've got plants growing in most of the pots! I was worried maybe something was wrong with the seeds you were using, but after all, they seem fine. It will be neat to see whether the pot 3 plant growth…

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SES Team 5 Natalie Madeleine Howe

Looks good! What plants will be growing in the pots?

And do you have enough pots and worms to copy the experiment (make replicates)? I mean, can you make a setup with 3 pots with no worms,  3 pots with worms in them for weeks 0-2, then move…

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SES Team 5 Natalie Madeleine Howe

Looks good! What plants will be growing in the pots?

And do you have enough pots and worms to copy the experiment (make replicates)? I mean, can you make a setup with 3 pots with no worms,  3 pots with worms in them for weeks 0-2, then move…

more

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