Julie Gan


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  • Organization
    University of Toronto

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in the evolution of complex traits, plant ecophysiology, and global change ecology. Currently, I am studying the evolution of C4 photosynthesis from an anatomical and physiological perspective. I am also interested in translating physiological data into a greater scale at the ecosystem and biome level. All my questions involve considerations of global change, as it has affected both past evolutions, and will drive future evolutions.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I think trees are amazing, but if I had to choose one, it would be tamarack (Larix laricina). There's no deeper reason other than I like the shape that the needles form on the branches and how they turn gold in the fall.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    There are three different types of photosynthesis!

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
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  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

Neature Lovers Julie Gan

Hi Neature Lovers, 

I am so proud of the conclusions that you all reached! Science is about discovery, and it is clear to me that you guys have discovered something you weren't aware of before. There is a lot of trial and error in…

Neature Lovers Julie Gan

Thanks, Dylan! 

It looks like the sodium is present as sodium chloride (NaCl), which is table salt. That along side all the other additional ingredients like the 1000mg electrolyte blend, and the likely inaccessible K and Mg, probably dried…

Neature Lovers Julie Gan

Hi Dylan, 

That is a lot of sodium! It can't be pure sodium since sodium by itself is highly reactive. It is most likely a salt and maybe in mg rather than g. What does the ingredient list say? If possible, can you take a picture of…


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