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Emily Blair


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  • Organization
    UC Riverside

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in how plants respond to abiotic stress. Specifically, I hope to further dissect the complex and fascinating relationship between plant circadian clocks and temperature stress. I focus mostly on Arabidopsis, but hope to examine rice and other crop plants as well. I examine this question through molecular and genetics techniques with bioinformatics for data analysis.

  • 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):
    The most important lesson I've learned so far is that an integral part of science is failure. It's extremely easy to miss a small detail of a complex protocol, which can ruin an experiment. However, it is important to learn from these moments. When this happens to me, I assess the protocol to see where I could have made a mistake, and then alter either my protocol or my technique to allow me to be more successful.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    There is a symbiotic relationship between acacia trees and ants that I think is really cool! The acacia tree provides a home for the ants and it produces a nectar that the ants can eat. In response, ants defend the acacia tree from herbivores, like elephants. Basically, if an elephant tries to eat the acacia tree, the ants all attack the elephant until it backs off!!

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I love citrus trees! My parents have an orange tree, a lemon tree, and a lime tree in their yard. The flowers are beautiful, and they smell amazing. The best part is the delicious fruit though; I love lemonade made from freshly picked lemons.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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How are your plants growing so far? Have you noticed anything interesting about your different plots yet - the qualitative variables may be easier to assess at the beginning of your experiment. How are you making sure that your constants are truly constants? For example, are you giving a specific amount of water to each plot?


I think your research design looks really great! Keep in mind that you'll only be able to measure roots at the very end of your trial so it's harder to measure changes over the growing period with this variable. You might also consider measuring days to flowering or number of fruit produced since these are both associated with yield. You could also measure the height or width of your plants on a weekly basis to determine if there is a specific part of the growing period that is affected by proximity to other plants. 


Nice! Sorry for the delay - I forgot to respond when I saw your message last week. I think at least 3 replicates is generally pretty good. Sometimes I like to do a fourth if it won't add a lot of work so that in case one of the replicates fails, then you will still have 3 good ones.

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