Katherine Wood


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  • Organization
    Michigan State University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in how soil fungi (specifically mycorrhizae and pathogens) influence tree seedling recruitment under various light levels. In particular, I am interested in how these interactions can shape tree seedling shade tolerance and community development.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I knew when I was in elementary school that I wanted to be a scientist. I always loved learning, and I knew that I wanted to uncover and contribute more knowledge. I grew up in the foothills of California, in Sequoia National Forest, which greatly influenced my decision to study trees.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is getting to uncover new things about the world every day. I am constantly learning, and I get to contribute my knowledge through my experiments.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Always be learning new things, and be inspired to figure out things that other people have never tested or seed before. Stay curious and ask lots of questions.

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

Recent Posts

cfern reproduction Katherine Wood

That's still very interesting. Keep close watch of your salt and control plants and keep up your measurements! : )   

cfern reproduction Katherine Wood

2 drops sounds good to me. Just make sure that they are close enough to the spores that you are seeing some interaction effect.

I did a quick search on the internet and can't find a lot of information on exact amounts of those substances in…

cfern reproduction Katherine Wood

That sounds really good. I'm glad you guys came up with an alternative plan to your original project that is both feasible, but also very interesting. 

You have determined the amount of your spores for each petri dish and what you will…


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