Pronouns She/Her
Type of expert Ecologist
Expertise plant ecology, climate change, physiology
Email address
Primary phone number
Twitter @maryheskel
Time zone -6 GMT
City Saint Paul
State MN
Country United States
Notes Hi hi! I'm Mary, a new professor in the Biology Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I research how plants cycle and store carbon in ecosystems experiencing the impact of climate change, including warming, higher levels of soil nitrogen, and increased drought, among others. As an undergraduate Biology major (and art history minor!) , I enjoyed learning about biology at the cellular level, and became increasingly interested in plants and ecosystems. After college, I taught high school biology for two years in the Lower East Side in New York City at a small public school and earned a MA in Science Education during this time. As a graduate student, my research took place beyond the Arctic Circle on the North Slope of Alaska. There, I collected data on plant respiration and photosynthesis under different experimental conditions that represented a 'future tundra'. I've held postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University, the University of Minnesota, and the Ecosystems Center of Marine Biological Laboratory. Through these positions, I've been able to further explore how plants respond to warming in the short- and long-term. At Macalester, my lab will ask questions about plant responses to the environment under current and future conditions. I welcome all students, and look forward to building up the PEP Squad at Macalester!
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