Klara Scharnagl

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    The Sainsbury Laboratory

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I study fungal ecology and the evolution of fungal symbioses. I recently completed my PhD, surveying lichen biodiversity in different forests along a latitudinal gradient in the Americas. Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow, investigating the molecular basis of the lichen symbiosis.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Every day I wake up excited about my question! It doesn't mean there aren't tough days, but I know I can get through them because it brings me closer to results. I love the mystery, the puzzle, the unknowns. I also love to play, to inquire, to wonder. This is what is best about being a scientist.

  • 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):
    Do not ignore math. Few of us enjoy math, but it is important. And, if you take some time to get to know math, it can be surprisingly easy, and even fun! Also - read E.O. Wilson's "Letters to a Young Scientist."

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Field work is one of the best parts of my research! Field work is of course not always hunky-dory. On my last field expedition, to the Peruvian Amazon, our entire canoe of food and supplies got flooded by rain and sank into the river! Amazingly, with teamwork and good attitudes, we were able to retrieve most things! :) Working with and meeting people all over the world is one of the best things about being a scientist.

  • 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?
    2

Recent Posts

lchsmilliganfall2017 project 6 Klara Scharnagl
said

Hello team,

I know you are wrapping up your module on cellular respiration and photosynthesis. I hope you have found the activities and experiment fun and enlightening.

Remember to stay curious, question things, and explore!

I hope you have…

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lchsmilliganfall2017 project 5 Klara Scharnagl
said

Hello team,

I know you are wrapping up your module on cellular respiration and photosynthesis. I hope you have found the activities and experiment fun and enlightening.

Remember to stay curious, question things, and explore!

I hope you have…

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lchsmilliganfall2017 project 5 Klara Scharnagl
said

Hi team,

I agree with your conclusion that too much salt is bad, but is that what your data shows directly?

Think about what number of disks floating and rate of floating means in your experiment - weren't you using this as a proxy for…

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