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Robert Louis Hirsch


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  • Organization
    University of Kentucky

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    GMO crops, the intersection of genetics and society, plant biotechnology, plant diseases, and plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses.

  • 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 really like teaching students a new perspective or skill set that allows the student to see the world in a new way and interpret biological phenomena through a more objective lense.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the tomato plant because nearly everyone with a home garden grows tomato, and tomato plants almost always harbor diseases (which is exciting for a plant disease scientist!).

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I did not like science as a high school or college student. I came to science after I graduated with a degree in English and Religious Studies and was looking for a job. What intrigued me most about science after college because I was able to get into a lab and actually do science rather than reading about it in books.

  • 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?

Recent Posts

Dancing Dandelions Robert Louis Hirsch

Hi Enah, I think that testing the pH (or, acidity) is a great approach.  Tap water should be close to neutral, and if you spent the time to make a 1/4 to 1/2 gallon weak-ish acid and a weak-ish base, then you could just use those three…

Dancing Dandelions Robert Louis Hirsch

Hi Enah, well, it looks like the optimum germination temperature is 50-65F, so hot, room temperature, and cold tap water may be a good range.  Here is a link to help with some of the biology and other considerations: 

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Dancing Dandelions Robert Louis Hirsch

Hi all,

Here is your research question statement with my answers/thoughts below:

We want to know if plants can live off of different temperatures of water. For example, we would have 3 plants (control, hot water, and cold water). We would…


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