Lindsay Chaney


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  • Organization
    Snow College

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Largely I am interested in understanding how plants are able to adapt to a changing and/or stressful environment. To understand this I a use a variety of genetic tools to help understand both the mechanisms and the evolutionary potential of adaptive traits. I have used techniques of breeding, quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, genomics, and genome mapping. Some projects include: examining the evolutionary potential of weediness using an agricultural weed, the common morning glory as a model, looking at structural variation in the cotton genome, another is looking at adaptive genetics in sagebrush, and I am also creating a genome map of Aspen.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I love plants! My favorite flower is the columbine (Aquilegia scopulorum), my favorite tree is the quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), my favorite weedy plant is wooly mullein (Verbascum thapsus). Those are my favorites, but there are many others that I enjoy immensely!

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Being a scientist is the best job in the world. You get to use your brain to find answers to problems, and you get to discover answers that know one has found before. In addition to doing my own research I get to teach - I love helping students experience the joys of science and discovery, and share with them my enthusiasm for science!

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Plants are amazing. Did you know they can talk to each other? They can emit chemicals in the air or send signals via roots. Did you know that plants use chemical warfare to battle against insects or other plants? They can ramp up the production of chemicals to stop being eaten or to inhibit the growth of competitors. Did you know plants can adapt to survive in unique environments and to combat stress? Plants are amazing!

  • Availability
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