Hello! My name is Roxaneh Khorsand (she/her/hers). I am an assistant professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) at Colorado College.
In the academic world, I'm a plant ecologist specifically focused on plant reproduction. This basically means I study patterns in plant reproduction and how the changing environment affects these patterns. I love pollinators and flowers. I'm fascinated with the "why" and "how" of plant-pollinator interactions. For example, how do plants and pollinators change over space and time? As the environment changes, how do plants and their pollinators respond? Please see the Research page of this website for more information on my research interests and questions.
Equally important to my research is my teaching. Teaching biology challenges me to continue learning and to practice humility. I adore teaching college because it gives me hope. Most of the students with whom I have the privilege of working care deeply about this planet we inhabit and they want to do something positive while they are on it. Although young people carry an enormous burden of climate change and ecological grief, they still care and engage. It's a refreshing contrast from the average news headline.
In the other world, when I take off my academic hat and put down my professional qualifications, I'm a human being who finds profound joy in motherhood and nature. I find many of my answers in the quiet (and also chaotic) moments with my Teachers: Children and Mother Nature.
On this website, you can find more about my scholarship and teaching, as well as the phenomenal human beings with whom I collaborate to do science. Thanks for taking the time to check it out.