Emily Summerbell

Joined: Oct 29, 2019 Last Active: Jul 10, 2020

I'm a PhD student in Cancer Biology in the Atlanta, GA area. I try to escape the pressures of grad school by occasionally going outside to do things like geocache, rescue feral cats, and/or take pictures of interesting bits of nature in order to learn more about other kinds of biology outside of my lab. Expert in cancer invasion and metastasis, (continually learning) amateur in taxonomy.

I'm particularly into plants, most especially invasive plants. In addition, the COVID-19 quarantines have given me a great appreciation for your everyday weeds. It astounds me that every time I walk around the neighborhood for my daily social distancing sunshine, I can find yet another new (to me) species. I'm continually learning taxonomy as this is not my usual domain of nerdy knowledge, so if I get an ID wrong, I'd love to hear why!

If you are a scientist of any kind and would like samples of any of my observations for research, I am more than happy to send you what I can!

(Least) Favorite invasive plants to ID in the Atlanta area:
-Japanese chaff flower (Achyranthes japonica)
-Thorny olive (Elaeagnus pungens)
-Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
-Leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
-Periwinkles (Vinca major and Vinca minor)
-Heavenly bamboo/sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica)
-Privets (Ligustrum sp.)
-Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera mackii)
-Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

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