Blog Author : Ali McGarigal

  • A stock of bright purple flowers in focus, with a young woman looking through the lens of a camera on a tripod in a lush open forest out of focus
    Over the past two weeks, I have come to realized the importance of finding a balance between getting things done and accepting that not everything goes according to plan.
  • A metal statue of a frog sitting in a crosslegged position in the middle of a small circular pond surrounded by bright green grass
    There is always unpredictability in science. This summer, it is most evident in the unpredictability of the weather. Yet, I am still finding ways to push forwards towards the ever approaching end goal.
  • A field notebook page, with a circular tube with a QR code stuck to it and an open space in the East Woods in the background
    This past week and a half has been full on! I have been diving head first into the depths of my project, which is both exciting and exhausting. It seems as though the deeper you get, the more questions you have.
  • A picture of several broadleaf trees surrounded by bright green grass on a sunny day
    This blog post will be primarily dedicated to giving you an overview of my project including how it can potentially help us understand the ramifications of climate change over time.
  • A grey moth laying flat against the mortar on a red brick wall with the moth in full focus with the surroundings blurred.
    Hello lovely readers! My name is Alison McGarigal and I am one of four Undergraduate Research Fellows working for the Center for Tree Science this summer. In this post I share with you a story about my own fears of blending in here and why they turned out to be completely unfounded.