Faces of Research
Diane Delany, biological technician
Behind every researcher, there’s usually an assortment of assistants, technicians or collaborators helping to gather, process and analyze data. Their names might not appear in scientific journals, but these helpers play a critical role in advancing scientific knowledge. Diane began her career as a forester at a time when not many women worked in that profession.
Jessica Wright, research geneticist
Growing up, Jessica Wright didn’t know she wanted to become a research geneticist, studying the growth and survival of trees to better understand what attributes might make them more resilient in a changing forest. She only knew that she liked science and kept herself open to follow where her interests led. From initial plans of becoming a medical doctor to earning an undergraduate degree in flute performance to being part of a study investigating astrobiology, Jessica has had a wide range of interests and experiences, all of which, she says, has helped her become the best geneticist she can be.
Annie Mix, greenhouse manager and restoration specialist
When Annie Mix graduated from high school, her dad told her she needed to either go to college or get a job. Annie, who readily admits that school wasn’t something she particularly enjoyed, joined the local Young Adult Conservation Corps to work in the outdoors. She parlayed that experience into a science career where she’s been a long-time greenhouse manager.
Susan Cordell, research ecologist
Another day in paradise? Susan Cordell hopes so!
Susan is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, based in Hilo, Hawaii. Her research is helping develop strategies to preserve tropical ecosystems from invasive species, which could change the fabled ecology of Hawaii and other islands like it forever.