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Ethan M. Taber


  • Time Zone
    Arizona Time (MST year-round)

  • Organization
    University of Arizona

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    plant ecology, plant functional traits, disturbance, recovery, wildland fire, climate change

  • 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 have always been interested in plants but did not see myself working as a scientist until college. I was inspired by the professors I had that made working in science seem possible and also fun!

  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Don't be afraid to ask questions. Questions are the basis of all scientific discovery! As a student, your job is to learn, and questions are vital for learning new things.

    Don't be afraid to change your dreams and goals. For most people (including me!) it takes a lot of learning and experience to discover what exact field or career path is best for them. This is natural and it's okay to change your aspirations. Just be sure to approach whatever you're working toward in a serious way. Even if your path changes, you will have gained knowledge and experience from what you worked toward previously.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    A typical day for me varies depending on the time of year and what I'm working on. During the summer and fall, I spend about half of my workdays collecting data. This involves a lot of time outside collecting samples, which is super fun! I also spend lots of time in the laboratory measuring my samples and recording data. Outside of data collection, I spend time reading scientific papers and writing papers of my own. One of my favorite parts of being a scientist is the diversity of tasks that my job entails. I love that I get to do different things on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. I rarely work on one task long enough to get bored of it.

    In the winter and spring, I spend more of my day in front of a computer. This is when I analyze the data I collected in the summer and fall, and write about what I found. It may not be as exciting as walking around the woods all day, but I still enjoy it.

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

Recent Posts

tmsgremskispring2022 project 1 Ethan M. Taber

Hey Team,

Thanks for the kind words! I've really enjoyed helping you carry out your project this semester. I was really impressed with your experimental design and interpretation of your results. I also like your ideas about how to…

tmsgremskispring2022 project 1 Ethan M. Taber

Hi Team!

I like what you've written up in your Project Info section regarding your results (along with everything else!). You did a great job including important details and summing up your findings. 

I'm excited to see your…

tmsgremskispring2022 project 1 Ethan M. Taber

Hi Michael,

These are still interesting results, even though your hypothesis was rejected. From your results, it seems that there is likely something other than glucose levels that leads to susceptibility. Here is a website with a little…


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NSF_Logo.jpg This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #2010556 and #1502892. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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