Jessica Szetela


  • Time Zone
    Arizona; currently -3 from EST, will be -2 after daylight savings

  • Organization
    University of Arizona

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am a graduate student who studies how plants are reacting to climate change in the Arctic! The site I work on has a gradient of frozen ground (permafrost), an intermediate, wetter, boggy area, and a fully thawed, wet area. This thaw gradient is driven by increasing temperatures, and we are curious to see how this is influencing both who is there (in terms of both plants and microbes) and what they're doing! Most recently, I have been looking at how the timing of important live events like leafing out, flowering, producing fruits/seeds, and when they drop all of those important things are being impacted by these changes.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    This is a hard question for me, I have so many! My go-to answer for this though is any sundew or Drosera spp. They are little carnivorous plants that have little sticky drops that look just like dew in the morning! Once an insect lands on that sticky "dew" the plant will curl around it to digest it for nutrients. I love these guys because they are one of the most common carnivorous plants and have a really large range, so you never know when you might see another :)

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Recent Posts

iamsciupekfall2022 project 2 Jessica Szetela

Hi everyone! 

Quinn and Makayla, I really enjoyed reading your insights on factors that could have impacted your study- thank you for sharing! Those all are absolutely great things to keep in mind for limitations or as things to consider in…

iamsciupekfall2022 project 2 Jessica Szetela

Hi GPP Team!

It's so exciting to see these results!! Nice job team! I think your hypothesis of the GPP needing time to compost is really interesting- definitely something that could be fun as a future study! Did anything else unexpected…

iamsciupekfall2022 project 2 Jessica Szetela

Hi Team GPP! 


How are the sprouts looking? I hope you all have fun long weekend plans :) 

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