Emily Summerbell, Ph.D.

Joined: Oct 29, 2019 Last Active: Aug 13, 2020

I'm a Ph.D. cancer biology researcher by day who likes to escape the pressures lab 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. Expert in cancer invasion and metastasis, (continually learning) amateur in taxonomy. Originally from Atlanta, GA, but relocating to Maryland in late July. Send me your best mid-atlantic plant ID info, the region will be new for me!

I'm particularly into plants, most especially invasive plants and critters that live inside plants (like galling insects). 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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