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Elizabeth Donaldson

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Elizabeth Is a student at University of Northwestern - St. Paul , studying Biology , and is expecting to graduate in 2019 .

About Me:
I am a sophomore student of biology in the Twin Cities, and I have loved nature ever since my earliest camping trips to northern Minnesota when I was very young! Currently, my research interests center on genetics, population biology, and biomedical advancement. I am also an enthusiast of great literature and classical music, especially the Scandinavian choral tradition which is so prevalent in my home state. This summer, I am studying paternity and genetic diversity in different Clarkia populations. The goal of this project is to determine if different pollinators are more or less effective at introducing genetically-diverse pollen to plants.

My Projects
Inbreeding and decline in plant fitness (2017)

There are several factor that may lead to a population’s extinction, one of these is inbreeding depression. Inbreeding depression is the reduction in fitness within a population as a result of inbreeding. This is a major issue in conservation because the negative effects of inbreeding depression affect all aspects of reproduction.


This project focuses on identifying life-history traits