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Alice Stanford


  • Time Zone
    (GMT -4) Atlantic

  • Organization
    University of the Virgin Islands

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I have been researching the population genetics of rare Virgin Islands plants since 2000. Current research projects include population genetic structure of Virgin Islands’ endemic plants, such as Erythrina eggersii (cock’s spur), mangrove trees such as Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove). I am currently working on a genome-wide genotyping study of the invasive seagrass, Halophila stipulacea.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Solanum conocarpum is a rare native plant in the Virgin Islands. I love this plant because it is beautiful and amazingly hardy- all of the seedlings we have planted into gardens in order to increase its numbers are thriving. Native plants make excellent landscaping material!

  • Profile Question 2
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Science is an ongoing process (it is not a pile of facts to memorize). Some parts of this process can be very frustrating (such as when your research methods are not working), but it is worth it. If you see th project through, you always find out something interesting and important in the end.

  • 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 loved biology and chemistry at that stage (okay, I still do)- it was so wonderful to find out how things work. I had a lot of trouble with physics, though. Physics just was not intuitive for me. However, my understanding of physics has helped me understand biology even better.

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

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    (not set)

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

Recent Posts

rkhssilbartposfall2023 project 6 Alice Stanford

Plants do need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, but I am sure there is some maximum limit where it becomes too much carbon dioxide, because plants also need oxygen for respiration. So if there is too much of other gases, they might not get enough…

rkhssilbartposfall2023 project 6 Alice Stanford

Good morning, everyone!

It was interesting to see your experiments and all your questions. I use genetics to study the ecology of plants.  To answer some of your questions: when I first went to college, I did not study plants in particular.…

project 12 Alice Stanford

Wow, that is a very dramatic result! I would not have guessed that vinegar would be so much worse than baking powder. How much baking powder was mixed into the water? Did you measure the pH of the vinegar, the water, and the baking soda water?

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NSF_Logo.jpg This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #2010556 and #1502892. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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