Well, time on the prairie is coming to a close. Alice finished her last day yesterday, and Marion will also be gone after tomorrow afternoon. Then, it will just be me for one more week before I have to go back to school.
But before this internship ends, we all made some interesting finds in our data analysis!
In the books I’ve read, scientists are often portrayed as cold, calculating, and completely logical. Maybe some of them are. Maybe I’m just reading the wrong books, because I made a heart-shaped diagram. It makes me smile.
I can’t believe I have only one full week left of my fellowship! I have been busy researching and preparing slides and a poster to present next week at the Morton Arboretum Undergraduate Research Symposium and later at the Field Museum for their symposium.
Time for phase three of my summer adventure! We took a sojourn from extractions to fumigate the soil and prepare it for C:N analysis. In fumigation, chloroform gas is used to kill off any sort of microbial life in the soil, after which more extractions will take place. To prepare the samples for C:N analysis, we first dried and ground the soil. Then I placed the powdered soil into tiny foil boats and painstakingly folded them closed so that no soil is lost. A tragic fate awaits these precious little cubes of foil enclosed soil.
Environmental science student and tree enthusiast from Valparasio University here! This summer I have been working with Dr. Meghan Midgley in the soils lab. Everyday is an adventure! Therefore, I thought it fitting to draw out a map of my experience. Each post will contain a new section of the journey, a different phase of my summer. The goal is to convey the basics of our research project using as few words as possible. Quite the challenge!
Since last time, my interns and I have done some more analysis on our data, but are not yet completely satisfied with our answers. Basically, we have our overall results, but now we want to specify the findings and hope to search for some distinct patterns, characteristics, etc. in our data. But meanwhile, we still spend most of our time on the prairie trying to get through weeding the whole site at least once (let me tell you, I thought it would have been an easier feat, but it has been a long, enduring time).