Lindsay Dahlen


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  • Organization
    Valent Biosciences

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests include beneficial plant-microbe interactions, in particular mycorrhizal fungi and their role in promoting nutrient acquisition. I am also interested in soil health, agroecology, and microbial inoculants. I am currently working as a researcher investigating bacteria capable of promoting crop nutrient acquisition.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is spending a lot of time doing something that fascinates you, surrounded by people who love it too! Scientists also do important work that can help the world be a better place.

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I was not interested in science AT ALL when I was in high school. I didn't enjoy taking chemistry or biology classes. I thought it was ridiculous how we had to learn things that didn't really apply to our daily lives. I thought, "Who cares how many molecules there are in a chair or what equations I use to calculate its mass? It's a chair!". Now, I realize that the science I was learning in high school didn't align with what I was really interested in - plants and food systems. I also didn't understand what a scientist actually did. I assumed that they wore lab coats and poured mysterious liquids into beakers. Now I know that there are a huge variety of scientists studying fascinating things and doing a diversity of work.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Get some hands-on experience, if possible! I didn't fall in love with science until I actually interned in a real research lab. There are so many preconceptions about what "science" is and you won't know what area of "science" you like until you try it.

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