Learn how scientists collaborate and what discoveries they can make working together! This dream team or super group is made up of a cast of characters with different areas of expertise to understand plants—from 400 million years ago to today.

About This Video

Grade level: 4-12
Length: 4 minutes

Video Synopsis
This is the story about a group of scientists who worked together on a project. Even though they are very apart, they accomplished something that they couldn't do alone. How might this example serve as a counterpoint to common stereotypes of scientists, including the misconception that "Science is a solitary pursuit"?

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    Guiding Questions

    As you watch the video, consider the following:

    • How did collaboration make the work in this project better?
    • Why do you think collaborating in science might be “more fun and productive than doing it by ourselves”?
    • Each scientist on the team had different skills and different interests. What are some skills and interests that you might bring to a collaborative team?

    The Dream Team

    Cindy Looy, PhD
    Professor of Integrative Biology
    Curator of the UC Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley

    Dori L. Contreras, PhD
    Curator of Paleobotany
    Perot Museum of Nature & Science

    Carl Rothfels, PhD
    Professor of Integrative Biology
    Curator of the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley

    Michael Sundue, PhD
    Professor and Curator of the Pringle Herbarium
    University of Vermont

    Mike May, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University Herbarium & Integrative Biology

    Nathalie Nagalingum, PhD
    Curator of Botany
    California Academy of Sciences

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