Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Amy Gerdes

Hometown:  Lincoln, Nebraska

University/Department:   Wesleyan:  Biology

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  I needed a senior research project and my professor was doing a project on medicinal properties of epiphytes.  He couldn't do the trip so he asked us.

What was the most important thing you learned?  I learned a lot from Dr. Brown about Bromeliads.  I like this kind of educational situation.  It forced me to put myself out there.

How has this experience changed you?   Being in a different country changes you.  We take so many things for granted, like buying a bottle of water.  It has been eye opening.

What are your plans for the future?  I am going to Belize to take a tropical biology of Belize course.  I want to go everywhere.  I want to set aside money to take more trips and continue  working the Bromeliad project.

What advice would you give a young scientist?  Take as many opportunities as you can.  Work in a lab, even if it is only washing dishes.  Apply for as many scholarships and programs as you can.  

If you would like to ask Amy a question about science, please email her at:  agerdes@nebrwesleyan.edu