THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Making science accessible for everyone is non-negotiable. Because at the end of the day, science isn’t for scientists. Science isn’t for academics. And science shouldn’t be considered elite. Science is simply a way by which we seek to understand the world around us, and that should be something that every human feels a part of, and has the chance to be excited and inspired by.

This project aims to provide a snapshot of scientists doing their science, in all ways, shapes and forms. The goal here is to show that science isn’t done by old guys in lab coats with frizzy white hair (although it certainly can be!) and instead is diverse in methods, systems, and participants.

I want to allow everyone a glimpse into the beauty that I associate with science. You can see some of my own work here.

1.0 The Botanist

"I am a plant biologist, but often referred to as a botanist (even though the terms are actually slightly different). Instead of being able to give you advice on how to take care of your houseplants, I can tell you what chemical makes peppers spicy, explain how a plant reacts on a molecular level when it's being eaten by an insect, and describe how the microscopic veins in leaves change when they've been deprived of water.

Many people often do not see why I am so passionate about what I do. The answer lies on your plate! If you take a look at your food, you realize that everything originates from a plant. From celery, to beef, to your favorite soda: all of your food is made either entirely by or with the help of our green friends!

I want to help ensure food security for everyone—to guarantee that we all have delicious and nutritious food—so I love that I get to research what makes plants tick."

—Amber Flores, Ph.D. Student, UC Davis Plant Biology

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