Research Interests (300 words)
Originally, I studied how plants respond to stress using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. It's a tiny plant that has more genes in it's genome than people have in theirs! Many of these genes are not "turned on" unless the plant is experiencing some sort of stress (too hot, not enough water, being chewed on by insects, etc.).
Currently, my "big picture" research interest is investigating student attitudes towards learning science and about themselves as scientists.