Emily Shea Durkin

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Mountain

  • Organization
    University of Alberta

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am fascinated by symbiotic interactions between species, especially parasitism. My PhD work has investigated the ecology and evolution of parasitism by performing artificial selection experiments on a facultative parasitic mite. Although I do not work with plants currently, I have worked with them in the past and my experience in experimental design, ecology and evolution can be applied to many taxanomic systems.

  • Profile Question 1
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    First, no one can know everything and a lot of mistakes will be made. That is okay though because mistakes can bring the best learning moments! Science is a lot of trial and error as well as learning!

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I knew from an early age that I loved science and wanted to be a scientist; I was always questioning and exploring the world around me. However, not everyone will know what they want right away and that is okay. I knew I wanted to pursue a science career after getting some experience in a research lab. I enjoyed the independence in my work as well as the constant learning and problem-solving.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Some days it is tough to deal with experiments or work that doesn't work out the way I would like it to and I will feel down on myself. But it's okay that experiments don't work out how we expect! That's how we learn and discover new things and I always pick myself back up.

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

Recent Posts

Nixon 1st Block project 7 Emily Shea Durkin
commented on a blog post

Very cool.

Why do you think photosynthesis might increase with pH?

Please let me know if you have anything further questions.

Emily

Nixon 1st Block project 8 Emily Shea Durkin
commented on a blog post

Excellent! That will work just fine for your project. It is a different species and it is aquatic!

 

Nixon 1st Block project 7 Emily Shea Durkin
said

Hello!

I took a look at your data. What did you use to change the pH?

What do you think about your data? What can you conclude?

Emily

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