Meet the Scientist Event
Saturday, July 8, 2017: This month’s presenting scientist is Amy E. Faivre, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Cedar Crest College. Her specific research interests are in botany, conservation, and evolutionary biology.
As a plant reproductive biologist, Dr. Faivre studies why some flowering plants have trouble making fruits or seeds. She looks at how their systems work and how their flowers interact with other plants and pollinators in their environment.
On a summer day, you may find Dr. Faivre in Florida conducting research at Archibald Biological Station with other biologists, chemists, and geologists. She’ll spend most of her time out in the field watching pollinators visit plants, counting plant fruits and flowers, and conducting hand pollinations.
Back in Allentown, Dr. Faivre spends most of her time teaching biology and working with students in the lab. Dr. Faivre and her student’s research helps us better understand endangered and threatened plant species and how we can protect them.
Come meet Dr. Faivre to learn about plants and look at hundreds of insects and pollinators under real lab microscopes!
The Da Vinci Science Center developed its monthly Meet the Scientist events through its participation in the national Portal to the Public partnership created by the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash. The program’s objective is to make young people more aware of accessible and lucrative career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries.