Unique Scientist: Alexis Garretson

Time to meet Alexis Garretson (She/her)! Alexis is a biologist at George Mason University in the USA who uses museum specimens and citizen science data to look at trends in plants and animals, particularly as it relates to the impacts of climate change.

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a biologist and I use museum specimens and citizen science data to look at trends in plants and animals, particularly as it relates to the impacts of climate change.

What made you want to become a scientist?
When I was young, I lived by the ocean and would go out in the morning to look through the tide pools. The sea creatures in the pools (like the sea slugs and crabs) totally fascinated me and I wanted to learn everything I could about the different things that I shared the planet with.

“When I was young, I lived by the ocean and would go out in the morning to look through the tide pools.”

Alexis Garretson

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I am a #UniqueScientist because I am a woman with a disability! I have been lucky to have women mentors and mentors with disabilities who showed me that having a unique perspective can enhance my research.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love baking and cooking! I have a sourdough starter that has made it through 8 different US states with me.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish that there was a lower barrier to entry to being a scientist. I am excited about the ways that citizen science is allowing people to investigate the world around them without the need for a certain level of education or level of mobility or location.

“I have been lucky to have women mentors and mentors with disabilities who showed me that having a unique perspective can enhance my research.”

Alexis Garretson

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I’ve reflected lately on the sheer number of women I’ve had as scientific mentors and how rare that still is today. My undergraduate advisors, Dr. Rebecca Forkner and Dr. Lorelei Crerar, both encouraged me to continue pursuing science and demonstrated what that could look like for me.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I baked my first loaf of bread in my new apartment!


#WomenInSTEM, #DisabledInSTEM

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