Meet Ecologist Jean Burns, who was featured in our Bittersweet nightshade podcast:
Image courtesy of Jean Burns.
Where do you work?
I work at the Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH USA.
What do you study?
I study the ecology of plant community assembly and biological invasions.
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Ecologist, mentor, plant fanatic.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Jog, yoga. Read for pleasure. My latest favorite: Susan Cain's "Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking."
What do you like most about science?
Science is a very creative field, which might come as a surprise to many of us raised with big science text books that emphasize facts over discovery. I love the creativity of asking new questions, thinking of new ways to address those questions, and finding out the answers, especially when those answers surprise us!