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Jennifer F Lind-Riehl


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  • Organization
    University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests reside largely in the field of ecological genetics/genomics. I am interested in understanding the underlying genetic architecture of adaptive traits in forest trees in general. I also have an intense interest in how science and natural resource management policy interact, from drivers of NIPF land management choices or the incorporation of controversial scientific topics (e.g., species concepts or hybridization) into bureaucratic structures.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The coolest thing I have learned about plants is not something you can see directly. I study the population genetics of forest trees and this can tell you all about their history and how they adapt to their environments. For example, oaks can hybridize (produce baby trees between two different species), but they don't just merge into one species. So I studied how that is possible and found that this is due to specific areas of their genome (all of the DNA that makes a tree a tree) that are adapted to specific environments. So even though hybrid baby trees are created, they often don't survive as well as the non-hybrid baby trees. This is not always the result when we see plants or animals hybridize. And studying the different outcomes of hybridization, which is particularly well known in plants, is a way to understand how species are related, how they evolve and how hybridization may help them adapt to changing environmental conditions, like those caused by climate change.

  • 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 has changed my whole outlook on life. It has helped me become a critical thinker on a daily basis. It also has made me more curious about how things work and more observant of the world around me.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Sometimes working in the sciences can be frustrating and experiments don't always go they way you want them too. However, every situation I've had where things have not gone the way I thought or I have made a mistake, have been learning experiences and often lead to new questions or lines of thinking. The one thing I always try to remember about science is that it's not about finding confirmation of what you think already, but to find out the truth.

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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ohsellefsonposfall2023 project 5 Jennifer F Lind-Riehl

Thank you for this update and for doing such a great job of providing the details of your experiment and how it went to me. I think it is really useful that you all did two treatments in addition to your control sample and helps cement the potential…

ohsellefsonposfall2023 project 5 Jennifer F Lind-Riehl


Here are some cool resources incorporating art and science.


Origami DNA:

Evolution games/art:


ohsellefsonposfall2023 project 5 Jennifer F Lind-Riehl

Hello all!

That is a really cool question you all have focused on. I love your diagram too, it made it so clear to me what you all are thinking about.

I think there are some insights and follow-up questions I can provide. You may not know the…


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