Allison R Hutt


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  • Organization
    Indiana University South Bend

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests include evolutionary ecology and co-evolution, plant-pollinator and plant-herbivore interactions and conservation/restoration. I have participated in research at Indiana University South Bend exploring Hibiscus reproductive strategies, and at University of Texas at Austin investigating drought tolerance switchgrass, a promising cellulosic biofuel candidate. I also have a particular passion for growing carnivorous plants and propagating succulents.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the Sundew. Sundews are carnivorous plants that trap insects with sticky, dewy secretions from their long trichomes. Charles Darwin spent a good amount of time studying sundews, due to their ability to wrap their leaves around trapped insects in order to digest them. There are tons of different species, some of which are truly strange looking!

  • 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 have always been interested in animals and nature but for some reason, when I was younger, I had this notion that being an actual scientist was way too hard and too intimidating, that I could never make it my career. I thought about being a veterinarian or a marine biologist, but I told myself it could never happen, so I never tried very hard in science, thinking that it didn't matter. (Of course, I know now how wrong I was back then!)

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    While I was an Education major, with a focus on English, I took an astronomy class as a general education requirement. The focus of the class was searching for life in the universe, and I became very interested in astrobiology. I started watching all the science documentaries I could get my hands on, and slowly started to realize that I had so many questions about the natural world. I decided that I wanted to know everything I could about the things I love- the oceans and the forests and the predators and the pollinators and everything else. A career in biology seemed like the only logical next step. I'm looking forward to a career where I can keep asking questions and trying to find answers or, even better, more questions.

  • 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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