Monday, June 8, 2015

Young Researchers' Lunch hosts amphibian expert

The Young Researchers' Lunch for June hosted Catherine Propper, professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, USA. Dr. Propper's research focuses on amphibians and endocrine disruptors. She is visiting IRRI to work on a collaborative project on biological diversity in rice fields.

During the lunch, Dr. Propper shared the story of her career path that led her to working on amphibians and chemical pollutants. She told the group some interesting anecdotes about pressures coming from regulatory agencies and common stipulations of working with private companies. She also shared her ideas about strategies to increase amphibian populations in rice fields.

Participants were Cindy Llorente, Tahir Awan, Iman Zarei, Quynh Vu, and Sith Jaisong.

The Young Researchers Lunch is a monthly meeting for NRS and AFSTRI scientists who are in the early stages of their career. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for discussions with senior scientists on a range of topics including science and career paths.

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