Collaborating Researchers for the Q&A Section

The new Q&A section is an excellent place for people to ask and answer questions from all fields of science. Naturally, we want to provide the best experience possible and help you learn as much as possible! So don’t be shy – go ahead and post as many questions and answers as you’d like, we’ll also chip in with as much info as we can. But in order for things to really be awesome, we’ve decided to reach out to some of the world’s top researchers; they’ve agreed (as their time allows, of course) to also contribute and share their valuable insight on the ZME Science Q&A. So, I’d like to introduce (and warmly thank):

Culum Brown

User: culumB
Macquarie University
Research Focus:  He is mainly interested in Behavioral Ecology and in particular predator avoidance behaviour, learning and memory in freshwater fishes. He has conducted comparative research on the behavioural ecology of predator avoidance in Austalian freshwater fishes (Uni. Queensland) as well as examining social learning in guppies and salmon. He has been associated with several Universities in the UK, such as Cambridge and Edinburgh. He also has interests in applied research in conservation biology and fisheries management.

David R. Sherwood

User: davidS
Duke University

Research Interests: His research is directed at elucidating mechanisms underlying morphogenetic processes in development. His lab primarily uses the model system C. elegans in research, and combines powerful genetic and systems biology approaches with live-cell imaging to address three main topics: Tissue Remodeling and Connection, Stem Cell-Niche Interactions and Nutritional Regulation of Late Larval Development.

Rachel W. Obbard

User: RachelW
Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth University

Research Interests: Rachel Obbard studied engineering physics at the Colorado School of Mines (B.Sc.), earned her M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Materials Science at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England and returned to Thayer in January 2009. Professor Obbard is interested in all aspects of materials science, but especially in the study of natural ice in the Polar Regions and in materials in sports equipment and in cultural heritage.


This is an ever growing list – we’ve just started this type of collaboration, so stay tuned as we will add more and more talented scientists!

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