Think Like the Scientist: Marla Emery
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Marla Emery, Geographer
USDA Forest Service scientist

Marla Emery USDA Forest Service ResearcherI am currently conducting research on foraging and gathering foods in urban and natural settings.

Example of a simple research question I have tried to answer

How do people use wild plants and mushrooms?

Most Exciting Discovery

Even today, people gather lots of wild plants and mushrooms! Gathering creates deep connections between people and nature and can play an important role in human health and wellbeing.

When did you know you wanted to be a scientist?

In the late 1980s, I worked on a United Nations project to reduce damage and deaths from natural disasters. I was captivated by the power of science to analyze a problem and suggest solutions that would make a positive difference in the world.

Dr. Marla R. Emery, Geographer

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  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Geography includes many different things like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maps.  However, one important focus of geography is the relationship between people and nature - how human beings and their activities affect nature and how nature affects human beings.