Membership Coordinator: Matthew D. Whiteside (UC-Irvine)

I am PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, at the University of California, Irvine. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from ASU, where I worked with glycoside dendrimers (starburst nanoscale sugars) as detoxifying agents. My current research involves quantifying and tracking organic nitrogen and phosphorus substrates in their natural systems using quantum dots (nanoscale semiconductors that fluoresce in different colors). Specifically, I am using this method to partition uptake of carbon and nutrients by plant roots and their mycorrhizal extensions. The knowledge gained from understanding these mechanisms, improves our ability to relate functions of microbial communities to ecosystem feedbacks under global change. I believe that new paradigms sprout where fields overlap. Thereby, conducting interdisciplinary research we gain a great appreciation for the physical, chemical, mathematical, and biological explanations of our environment; which physicist David Bohm describes science as “finding the truth whether we like it or not.”


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