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Equitable Leadership and Critical Botany in the Antarctic

Plants can change the world, and so can you.

I have been selected for the ice-breaking opportunity to travel to Antarctica with distinguished fellow femmes in STEMM leadership, and I need a large sum to voyage. But this mission is greater than one individual — as an early-career plant ecologist, I cannot simply reach into my deep coffers or a wealthy inner network.

Therefore, I am seeking 100 people to invest $200 each in this life-changing project.

Please help me get to the Antarctic on GoFundMe or Venmo.

My current research questions focus on disturbance ecology. They consider the ecosystem services of native plants that support community adaptability and regeneration from glacial melt, saltwater intrusion, and wildfire. Within these contexts, I am fascinated by the applications of native plants in agricultural landscapes in particular and how they can fortify and enhance our food systems.

My conviction is that vital environmental health solutions are based in community knowledge and empowered by the scientific method.

Samantha Elie Botanist