Suzanne Koptur


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  • Organization
    Florida International University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    plant/animal interactions, especially plant antiherbivore defense and pollination ecology, extrafloral nectaries, ants and plants

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    getting to work on what I like most of the time

  • Profile Question 2
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    On a day I like best, I work in the greenhouse with others on hand-pollinations and plant care, and maybe also do some experiments with ants and caterpillars in our captive ant colonies. I also will spend a few hours working on data analyses and/or writing - sometimes there is more editing and reviewing of other people's work. On a teaching day I do fewer of these other things, and for less time, but enjoy the interactions with students.

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I was a double major, Botany and English - applied to medical school, and got in - but realized I love being outside and enjoyed all the field courses and outdoor research experiences I had before. That helped me decide to become a plant ecologist.

  • 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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