Lynn Fenstermaker, Mentor

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What do you find most rewarding or gratifying about being a mentor?
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I’ve served on several graduate student committees and have worked with several undergraduate students. What I find most rewarding is helping the students succeed in their efforts and move on to the start of a good career. Connecting one-on-one with students is a way to help the next generation get at least one step ahead of where I started.

Questions & Answers

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If someone asked you to give them an elevator pitch on your research in 3 sentences, what would you say?
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I’m a jack of many trades with training in soil science, plant ecology, climate and remote sensing. I use a number of tools from my training in these sciences to investigate ecosystem response to climate change and variability at a number of scales; i.e., data from ground measurements, UAS, aircraft, satellite data to assess leaf-level, plant, and ecosystem level responses. A segment of this work also includes the establishment of monitoring equipment. I also serve as Director for NV’s Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR programs that seek to improve STEM education and research infrastructure within NV.

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What achievements and/or successes have resulted from being a mentor that you would not have had otherwise?
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I’ve never received any personal recognition/achievement for mentoring, but regardless, it’s the experience the student gains and the completion of their degree that is the most important achievement.

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Share something about yourself that you won’t find on your resume.
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I’ve always enjoyed the exploration and observation of the great outdoors and how nature responds to any number of stressors (natural or anthropogenic).

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