Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Save Soil?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Colleen Kelley, Organometallic chemist

Dr. Colleen Kelly


Colleen Kelley received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, and herPh.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. She
continued her studies having been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University Louis Pasteur with the Nobel Laureate, Professor Jean-Marie Lehn.  Colleen was a tenured faculty member at Northern Arizona University with research focusing on metal toxicology and chemical education.  Her teaching duties have spanned from graduate level courses all the way to high school courses.  Moreover, in 2017, she taught chemistry in rural Kenya. Colleen is passionate about chemistry, discovery, chemical education and how to create a profound and robust learning environment for all students. Colleen now teaches organic chemistry at the University of Arizona. She is also creating a fun comic book series for kids ages 8 – 12 called CHEMysteries. www.CHEMysteries.com


Tips for Growing Water Hyacinth:  https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/water-plants/water-hyacinth/growing-water-hyacinth.htm





Put a white carnation in a glass of water with a few drops of food coloring. Put a timer on it to see how long it takes for this to happen. Figure out how long it takes to make the carnation brighter or

And/OR Design a water filtration system with a water hyacinth!

Let us know what happened by sharing with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page!


A world of plants book

Highlighted book for this episode!

A World of Plants  by Martin Jenkins (Author), James Brown (Illustrator)

A conservation biologist and a printmaker team up for a fascinating, visually arresting guide to botanical history, biodiversity, and the rich inner lives of plants. A must-read for budding gardeners!






Book List:

Nature Anatomy Activities for Kids: Fun, Hands-On Learning by Kristine Brown

Everything You Need to Ace Chemistry in One Big Fat Notebook by Workman Publishing (Author), Jennifer Swanson (Author)

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky

Chemysteries by Colleen Kelly

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