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Undergraduate researcher Sam Panock using a needle to inject nutrient solution into a syringe holding roots to measure root exudation.
A main portion of my research this summer is analyzing root exudation. This analysis measures the amount of carbon put into the soil by the tree roots. It is an important below ground process that contributes to overall soil health and tree health.
Looking up the trunks of white pine trees and into the canopy.
My office is the great outdoors. The view from my "desk" is the beautiful clear blue skies and bright green leaves of the trees. The fresh air keeps me energized as I wonder the forest collecting soil samples and analyzing root systems.
Selfie of Samantha Panock in the field on a rainy day
The summer'17 undergraduate research fellowship has been underway for almost a month now, and I am excited to share all my struggles, discoveries, and accomplishments! Stay Tuned.
Landscape of Oak Savanna, displaying burr oaks and an open green prairie field at Pleasant Valley Conservancy- Madison, WI
My first blog post consists of the struggles I faced when deciding what I wanted to do with my future. After finding my love and passion for the prairie, my career path has become clear for me. Being able to work at the Morton Arboretum has only strengthened my focus to achieve my goals in life. My first few weeks at the Morton Arboretum has opened so many doors for me, and I am excited to see what is in store for the remainder of time that I am here.
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.
Graduated cylinders, field notebook, and buckets set up against a tree pot
Repetition is an essential component of scientific experimentation--if you want reliable and useful results! Read about Kirsten's joys and woes on this important, but trying matter.
Green forest with lots of trees and other plants.
“The most important thing I know about science is that experiments are not about getting the world to do what you want it to do.”
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.
Research fellow pouring chemicals into beakers, wearing safety goggles.
During my third week at the arboretum I got to work on a few different projects. For your entertainment, I have summarized these projects into short poems.

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