Jeremy Chan


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  • Organization
    University of Washington

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am investigating the effects of atmospheric chemistry on plant-pollinator interactions. My research lies at the intersection of atmospheric science and chemical ecology. I am currently developing new analytical tools for measuring the concentrations of volatile organic compounds and aerosols in the air using atmospheric pressure interface mass spectrometry. I am also doing field research on the pollination ecology of coastal and inland dune plants, upon which my investigation of atmospheric effects will be based. This research involves locating potential dune plant habitat by surveying aerial images and site surveys, documenting pollinator observations, assessing the contribution of select pollinators to the reproductive success of the plant, and finally, investigating the impact of atmospheric contaminants on these plant-pollinator interactions. There is also a behavioral neurobiological aspect to my research, as atmospheric contaminants are known to affect the perception of floral odors by pollinators. This research will involve conducting electroantennographic studies on select pollinators, to ascertain the effects of atmospheric chemistry on the insect antennal response to floral scents,. Subsequently, this electroantennographic data will be used to predict/explain changes in pollinator response to flowers of interest in the presence of atmospheric contaminants in a lab setting, and ultimately to predict/explain field observations.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I had dreamt of becoming a scientist since I was five years old. My parents had bought me a set of encyclopedia (Yes, a pile of thick books overflowing with fascinating facts and wonderful photos and illustrations!) which I devoured within months, and left me with a life-long fascination with science. My love of science was reinforced as I explored and experienced the world, and observed in person, many of the phenomena that I had read about.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Being a scientist is intellectually satisfying in solving problems, and figuring things out. It is also morally satisfying in that we are advancing human understanding.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    The toughest part about being a scientist is the constant vigilance that is needed to keep up with current literature, and repeatedly re-examining our positions and assumptions, as our understanding changes with time according to the best available evidence.

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  • Availability
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Recent Posts

The Angiostudents experiment Jeremy Chan

Hi everyone, how are things going? :)

MSASD Project Team 4 Jeremy Chan
commented on a blog post

Hey, how are the plants doing? Have they grown many more leaves?

The Angiostudents experiment Jeremy Chan
commented on a blog post

Hi Caitlin, you may address me as Jeremy That sounds like your group is making good progress! What method did you all use to monitor the pH of the solution. Do you have universal indicator solution or indicator paper strips or a pH meter for pH…


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