My Last Blog Post

My Last Blog Post
My good friend, the pole pruner

Well, this has been a really great summer! I am so thankful for this opportunity and I am sad that it’s over. Not only did I get to do some fun traveling this summer, but I also learned so many valuable skills that I know I will use in the future. Whether it’s science communication, how to code in R, or how to use pole pruners, the experiences I take away from this internship will definitely help me be successful in my future career.

I am also thankful to have worked with so many wonderful people who have helped me throughout the summer! So special thanks to: Andrew, Mira, and everyone else in Team Herbarium, Seamus, Christine, Silvia, and all those who helped us collect oaks out in the field.

Thanks for tuning into my blog and I hope you enjoyed learning about my experience as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!


Here are some fun pictures that didn't make it into previous blog posts:


The American Gothic House
We stopped at the American Gothic House (from the Grant Wood painting) while in Iowa




Tent at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Lake of the Ozarks State Park ended up being my favorite campsite from this summer


Me next to the largest nutmeg hickory tree in Arkansas
Me next to the largest nutmeg hickory tree in Arkansas


Three bur oak leaves next to each other to demonstrate size difference
Look at the size difference we found! (Left to Right: Oklahoma, Illinois, Manitoba)
About the Author
My name is Sara Desmond and I am one of the undergraduate research fellows for summer 2017. I am working on a morphometric study of Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak) under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Hipp.