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Natalie Gold

Biological Science Aid

Williams Hall 4112
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620
(919) 515-6996

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I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s in environmental science and a double minor in applied ecology and plant biology. During my undergrad, I worked in The Sheth Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. I helped study the evolution of thermal performance in the Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis) in response to recent climate change.

At the Soybean and Nitrogen fixation Unit, I am a Biological Science Technician where I help fellow researchers conduct their experiments. I help grow plants in growth chambers and field experiments as well as collect measurements using Li-core machines and conducting A/CI curves. I fly drones over the experimental fields collecting aerial images, where I then process them through stitching software to later analyze for phenotyping and maturity. I fly under FAA regulations and hold a UAV license. I also volunteer for the Safety, Health & Environmental Management Committee. 

Research interest: I am currently creating a drone program for our unit to follow, from obtaining an FAA drone license to using stitching software and a python package for field plot phenotyping.