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Anna Guerrero

Grad Research Assistant
Student Worker, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4601
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Biology (Biology and Society)
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Anna is pursuing her PhD in Biology and Society. She is interested in how scientists transform their experiences into data, words, and pictures. Particularly, she would like to study scientists' experiences with "invisible" scientific phenomena, or those phenomena that are too small, large, or abstract to experience directly. These phenomena range from global warming and climate change to transhumanist futures to microbial biofilms. Finally, she is curious about the methods scientists use to communicate these experiences to other scientists and the broader public, the consequences of current communication practices, and the ways in which current practices may be changed or improved. 

When she is not teaching her favorite subject (microbiology), Anna is a scientific illustrator, having worked with researchers from diverse disciplines at Arizona State and Harvard. Anna is thrilled to continue her work with the Center for Biology and Society at ASU, where she may combine her visual communication talents with her love for science. 

Anna's research experiences are quite broad. Her undergraduate honors thesis explored the relationship between vertebral osteology (spinal bone structure) and habitat utilization and prey-capture methods in snakes. She also conducted ecological research related to forest disturbance and dynamics using techniques like tree coring and cross dating, lake coring, and archival and historical studies at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts; this project culiminated in a solo art exhibition at the Harvard Forest Museum. 

Education

B.S. in Microbiology, Arizona State University, 2017

Research Interests

Anna is interested in how scientists turn their experiences into data, words, and pictures, and how effective those data, words, and pictures are at communicating the original experience. She explores this through many disciplines, including philosophy, history, illustration, and scientific research. 

Publications

Guerrero, Anna, "Chloroplasts". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-02-06). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/11397.

Guerrero, Anna, "DNA and X and Y Chromosomes". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-02-06). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/11398.

Guerrero, Anna, "Jelly Fish and Green Fluorescent Protein". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-02-06). ISSN: 1940- 5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/11400.

Guerrero, Anna, "Mitochondria". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-02-06). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/11401.

Guerrero, Anna, "Southern Gastric Brooding Frog". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-02-06). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/11399. 

Guerrero, Anna, "Your Body is a Temple" in LUX Undergraduate Art Review at ASU, 2015

Guerrero, Anna, "Ships" in LUX Undergraduate Art Review at ASU, 2014

 

Research Activity

"Forest Time" Harvard University, 2016.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HPS 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
HPS 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HPS 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
HPS 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
MIC 206Microbiology Laboratory
Honors / Awards

with the Embryo Project Team, Hazen Education Award from the History of Science Society, 2018

ASU Moeur Award, 2017

National Science Foundation REU Grant Recipient: Harvard Forest, 2016

Mayo Physicians of Tomorrow Scholar, 2015

ASU School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Summer Research Experience, 2015 

ASU New American University Scholar, 2013

National Hispanic Scholar, 2013

Industry Positions

Scientific Fact Checker, K-12 Content Pearson Education