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Jeffrey Firestone


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  • Organization
    Vector Control Consultants

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Invasive species; plant population biology and reproduction;
    weeds, agronomy and economic botany;
    evolution and basic genetics;
    How students learn and teachers teach most effectively;

  • Profile Question 1
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I found mold growing on paint, which was clearly not food. I wanted to find out what else mold could grow on, so I sealed up jars of different stuff and put them in my closet, and made observations. It didn't smell very good! Mold did turn out to be very flexible in what it will eat but I think everyone was happier when that project was over.

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I was studying invasive species (like weeds) in a rural, roadside area. It was dusk and I really wanted to finish this site. Cops came by and were suspicious about all this "wandering and hiding behind trees". Fortunately, it all worked out, but "bad cop" scowled and established that I was who I said I was while "good cop" and I both got all excited about the science going on there.

  • Profile Question 3
    (not set)

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    (not set)

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

Recent Posts

Period 7 Group 2 Jeffrey Firestone

Hi team -- I'm a plant ecologist and a science educator with Science From Scientist.  I'm available to answer any questions you have.  I like what you've done so far.  The leaves and foil experiment looks pretty good so…

How does soil temperature affect Root Growth? Jeffrey Firestone

Hi Team,   I saw the pictures of your project.  They looked good.  I'm sorry to hear that so few germinated!!!   Keep going longer, if you can, and you might find that more germinate this week.  Few seeds…

How does soil temperature affect Root Growth? Jeffrey Firestone

Read the project description.  Good plans, overall.  You should use centimeters rather than inches, however.  First, all scientists pretty much use the metric system, so it would be consistent.  Second and more importantly, it is…


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