Richard F. Lee


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  • Organization
    USDA ARS, retired

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Plant pathology, plant science, molecular biology, plant virus diseases.

  • 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 grew up on a farm in Kansas. When I was in high school, there were 4 years in a row that disease and hail storms destroyed the wheat and sorghum crops: I decided I would try to solve the disease problems rather than be a farmer.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The toughest part of being a scientist now is obtaining the funding to conduct the research. Mediocre research does not bring in grant support, the scientist as to be on the forefront of new ideas and technology to remain competitive.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Citrus is my favorite plants. My whole career was based on conducting research on graft transmissible pathogens of citrus. It is an international crop, and a relative small group of close knit scientists who have a history of cooperation and working together to solve mutual problems.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

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

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