Hannah Beth Garfin


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  • Organization
    California State University, Long Beach

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am currently a Wetlands Restoration Intern with Tidal Influence in Long Beach, so I am mostly familiar with chaparral and salt marsh plant species local to the California coast. Working with the professor of botany at CSULB, I am completing a project regarding seed cone and needle morphology of the Sierra lodgepole pine throughout California and even a small isolated population in Baja California.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I just love having a question in my field, mostly in ecology, and having a systematic way to find out the answer. Sometimes this systematic plan doesn't work out quite like you originally thought, so you really have to put your problem solving skills to work.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I may be a bit biased, but I LOVE the Sierra lodgepole pine! Of course, this is the target species I am working on in my undergraduate research project, so I've spend plenty of time with it in the lab and in the field. I find it fascinating that this particular subspecies has a main population throughout the Sierras and even extending further North, however there are smaller populations in the Transverse ranges of Southern California and even one in Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park in Mexico. With such a large latitudinal range for a species that thrives on seasonal temperature differences, it's really cool that they can be found in areas that have a much more mild yearly temperature.

  • 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):
    This happened while fish monitoring to determine the health of the Colorado Lagoon estuary in Long Beach. We deployed the seine net and as we were pulling it back to shore to determine the species richness, the pole supporting the net snapped on us! We ended up trying to use some of our transect markers for vegetation monitoring made of pvc pipe to support it, which worked horribly especially since we used about 4 pieces of small pvc sections. It just ended up looking like a giant macaroni necklace and did not keep the net opened at all. Soon enough, we realized our kayak paddles were hollow, so we made the most with what we had and used that to keep the net open!

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lsdfagleyfall2017 project 2 Hannah Beth Garfin
commented on a blog post

Before I can answer this question with more depth, what materials does your group have to work with?

Some photosynthetic experiments that do not require many special materials are:

1. Which plants grow best when there is too much light?


School Aproppriate Hannah Beth Garfin

Yes, hello team!

I was a bit busy this past week but things have calmed down now and am able to respond more regularly. 

So I see your prediction for the best growth under darker conditions is corn. Any particular reason for why you think…

redzone Hannah Beth Garfin

Hello everyone! It's been a while, so just checking up on the progress. How is everything coming along? Any questions? I hope you've all been busy with your celery project, can't wait to hear how everything has been going!

Good luck,


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