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.
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.
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.
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.