I can not believe my ten weeks are done, and that this is my last day at the Arboretum. While here, I have learned so much, and not just about my own project. The chance to hear about other URFs projects and even help them has allowed me to experience a variety of research. This has definitely been one of my favorite parts of this summer.
Through my own project, I learned how to install a SFM1 Sap Flow Meter. This is the first time the Arboretum is using Sap Flow Meter, and I am glad I had the chance to be part of the process of finding innovating ways to use this brand new technology.
My project also gave me the chance to learn how to core trees.
My entire project took place in Warefield, a section of the Arboretum just for research. Before my internship, I didn’t even know this part of the Arboretum existed.
My changed over the course of the summer, and I am no longer using the drone, however I still learned how to fly it during my early weeks here. This was super exciting, and an experience I would likely have never had if not for my time at the Arboretum. I also learned how to make a 3D model from the pictures the drone took.
Helping out fellow URF Alyssa gave my a sneak peak into the world of leaf nutrient analysis. I got to help out with the process from collecting samples to measuring and grinding.
I also had the chance to get a taste of lab work while helping Alyssa prepare the DNA samples she needed for her project.
There is so much amazing research happening at the Arboretum, and I am so happy I had the chance to be a part of it this summer.