Stephen Stern


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  • Organization
    Colorado Mesa University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am a plant systematist, meaning I study the identification, description, and classification of plants and study their evolutionary relationships. I work on the plant genus Solanum that contains economically important species like the potato, tomato, and eggplant.

  • 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 getting to indulge your curiosity. As a biologist, I am curious about the world around me and as a scientist I get to try to figure out the "how's" and "why's" of nature.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I decided to become a scientist because I love to be outside biking and hiking and skiing. During these activities I became interested in better understanding the world around me. If I saw a cool flower I wanted to learn the name of it so I could tell other people about it.

  • 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):
    On my first plant collecting trip we were in a dugout canoe going down a river to spend 6 weeks in a remote rainforest. On our second day down the river our boat, which was loaded down with all of our gear for the next weeks, sank! I had to frantically swim and try to gather all the gear I could. In the end, we only lost a bit of our food (although we missed it at the end of the trip when we were very, very hungry) and were able to keep going.

  • How did you hear about PlantingScience?
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  • 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?

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The Amazing Aloe's Stephen Stern

Good job Aloe's! It was fun working with you and good luck with your presentation.

The Amazing Aloe's Stephen Stern

I took a look at the graphs that you all worked on today (Nov. 4th) and the labels on the axes are more informative but all of them need to be switch. The "unit" on the bottom is the date, so put the "Date measured' label across…

The Amazing Aloe's Stephen Stern

Hi Aloe's!

I took a look at your graphs. For all of them, I would suggest changing the title so that it reflects the information in that specific graph. Right now they are all titled "Effects of Blacklight on Buckwheat Growth" but…


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