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Meet Our Application Scientists

Posted by: Judith Edwards
March 30, 2015

 

 

 

Andrea Melnychenko

Question: What is your degree in?

Answer: I have BS in Biology – Botany and an MS in Biology, both from Portland State University.

Question: What drew you to the study of science and the field in general?

Answer: I have always, always loved plants. From the time I was a little girl I enjoyed gardening and dissecting leaves and flowers that I would find. As a teenager, I worked at a garden center and learned all about horticulture. When I went to college, I set my sights on General Biology, and found time and again that I was most engaged during discussions of plant science.

Question: Were there any women who inspired you to study or work in science?

Answer: Nicole Forbes has been my horticultural mentor since I was 13 years old. She is unmatched in her knowledge and enthusiasm for the plant world.

Question: Have you experienced any challenges working in the field because of your gender?

Answer: I have always been encouraged and accepted by the people that I work with for the most part. Sometimes comments are made that are inappropriate, and I try to speak up and interrupt negative behavior.

Question: What is one piece of advice you would give to young girls and women who are interested in working in science?

Answer: Never be afraid to assert your opinion- in any circumstance! Never apologize for giving a clear and thoughtful explanation for why you think something should go differently. Everyone deserves to be heard.

Question: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Answer: Traveling and talking to plant scientist all over the world, and working daily across from my dear friend and teammate, Judith. I also love working across from one of the most beautiful parks in the Pacific Northwest, Lacamas Lake Regional Park.

Question: What is one career related goal you have?

Answer: I am lucky to have met many goals at an early age! I wanted to contribute to the operations of a company as an equal, and I do.

Question: What is your favorite plant?

Answer: I could no sooner choose a favorite star from the heavens! Anything Lilliaceae, anything fragrant, anything orange… If a hummingbird likes it, I probably do, too.

Question: What is your favorite CID Instrument?

Answer: My favorite CID instrument is the CI-340 Handheld Photosynthesis Analyzer, because photosynthesis is the best chemical process on earth.

 

Brienne Meyer

Question: What is your degree in?

Answer: I received two degrees from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I have a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology, and an MS in Mycology.

Question: What drew you to the study of science and the field in general?

Answer: I have always been interested in nature and spent many days playing in the North Eastern hardwood forest when I was young.  I always wanted to know how the forest worked. 

Question: Were there any women who inspired you to study or work in science?

Answer: My mother has always been a huge inspiration.  She received her degree in Zoology from the University of Toronto and helped me find a science program that was right for my college studies. 

Question: Have you experienced any challenges working in the field because of your gender?

Answer: I face many of the same challenges as other working and career oriented women—mainly struggling to keep the delicate balance between work projects and family-time. 

Question: What is one piece of advice you would give to young girls and women who are interested in working in science?

Answer: My advice is to keep going after your goals and your education, even if at times you are the only woman in the room. 

Question: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Answer: My co-workers!  We have a great work-family at CID Bio-Science. 

Question: What is one career related goal you have?

Answer: I’d like to utilize mycology more in my career.  For now, weekend mushroom forays will more than make do.

Question: What is your favorite plant?

Answer: Indian pipes (Monotropa uniflora), a plant lacking chlorophyll that relies on mycorrhizal relationships with fungi and nearby plants for energy. 

Question: What is your favorite CID Instrument?

Answer: From Day one with CID Bio-Science, I have really thought that the CI-600 In-Situ Root Imager was an impressive instrument. I really like the possibilities it opens up as far as underground research goes. 

 


Kimberly Popek

Question: What is your degree in?

Answer: This past fall I completed my M.S. in Environmental Science at University College Dublin in Ireland. My research was on the ecological restoration of native oak woodland after the invasion of the shrub Rhododendron ponticum, and the non-native deer Cervus nippon. I received my B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Western Washington University.

Question: What drew you to the study of science and the field in general?

Answer: Growing up in a beautiful place such as Mt. Rainier, I have always loved the outdoors. As a child I spent most of my time playing in the woods, catching tadpoles, and climbing in trees, so I have always had an interest in plants and animals in particular, and curiosity to how the natural world works.

Question: Were there any women who inspired you to study or work in science?

Answer: My Mom has always been inspirational in my life through her encouragement and support of my interests and career path in the field of science.

Question: Have you experienced any challenges working in the field because of your gender?

Answer: Mostly, I feel that being a woman in a male dominated field can often be an advantage.

Question: What is one piece of advice you would give to young girls and women who are interested in working in science?

Answer: If you are interested in and passionate about science, go for it! The world needs more people who are passionate about their work, and science is an exciting dynamic field which is always changing.

Question: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Answer: I have always loved teaching, so it’s no surprise that I find that piece of this job to be one of my favorites! Working with other scientists and talking about ways our devices can aid in their research is very rewarding.

Question: What is one career related goal you have?

Answer: I hope to go back to university in the future to pursue my PhD. I feel there is still so much more I’d like to learn.

Question: What is your favorite plant?

Answer: Fairy slipper orchid, Calypso bulbosa, is an orchid native to the Pacific Northwest which is often overlooked due to its small size, but beautiful and smells amazing!


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