Elyna Grapstein


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  • Organization
    Chicago Botanic Garden/Bureau of Land Management

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research background is in Orthopteran bioacoustics (Effects of Increasing Temperature on Acoustic Advertisement in the Tettigoniidae
    Cusano, D., Matthew, L., Grapstein, E., & Parks, S.E. (2016). Journal of Orthoptera Research, 25(1), 39-47.). As I'm getting ready to apply to graduate school for Landscape Architecture and Conservation Biology, I aim to research sea level rise, how it will impact the rate of urbanization, and how to keep cities sustainable as environmental refugees begin to flock toward them.

  • Profile Question 1
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I hated science in high school, and my family still makes fun of me today for pursuing a degree and career in biology. I didn't get along with many of my science teachers and I don't remember finding myself intrigued by any of my course content as a teenager. It wasn't until I began reading and researching on my own time that I realized how fascinated I was with biology and physics.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The fieldwork! The majority of my job currently involves hiking to remote field sites around northern Wyoming, identifying various plant species, and digging soil pits.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Larch (Larix laricina) trees are my favorite. Plants that are both deciduous and coniferous are fascinating to me.

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

Recent Posts

bacsbermanfall2017 project 13 Elyna Grapstein

Hey everybody, it sounds like you're all doing some pretty cool experiments in school! Thank you Jaiden and Marina for keeping me updated on what you're all up to. 

Regarding the tree mass experiment: I see why it would seem the mass…

bacsbermanfall2017 project 13 Elyna Grapstein

Hello everyone! My name is Elyna, and I'm a botanist living out west in Wyoming. I'm excited to be a mentor for your class project, and you're all welcome to ask me any questions as they come up (I'll do my best to answer them).…


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