Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • !New Blogger Alert! Hi, my name is Christina. Nice to meet you!
  • A plot of Pin oaks surrounded by tall grass
    Hello everyone! 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.
  • Thanks for a wonderful summer everyone!
  • Me surrounded by prairie flowers

    My love for science and ecology, specifically, is not a passion many other people have. I go to a school where being an engineer is glorified and studying buisness is seen as prestigious. When people say they are studying engineering or business, to someone they know or to a complete random stranger, they are instantly impressed and praise them. It is always the typical “Good for you!” or “Wow, that must be really hard, you must be very smart”. I am studying environmental science.

  • Collecting hoses to water

    The prairie restoration experiment ongoing at the Morton Arboretum is a lot more than just pretty flowers and phylogenetic diversity. In order to study this prairie, and get significant, controlled, results, there is a lot of maintenance work that goes into it.  I started at the Morton Arboretum on May 22nd, and every day, we were out in the field weeding. I have weeded before, so it seemed like an easy job to me. However, that was not the case. There are a total of 437 2x2 meter plots on site.

  • I am categorizing the liatris plants based on their quality into a white binder for later data analysis

    I am the only undergraduate research fellow to be studying something other than trees at the Morton Arboretum. At first, I felt proud. I worked in a prairie last summer, so to have the opportunity to work in a prairie again, while conducting research, was exciting. However, as time passed, I felt like the odds were against me. Prairie restoration is a lot of work. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the process of maintaining the prairie.

  • Bright blue butterfly with brown tipped wings sitting on a sunny leaf.
    Picture post of organisms I came across in the field!
  • Me, standing behind a podium, in front of a presentation.
    Hi everyone! Welcome to my fifth and final blog post. Please enjoy these pictures that were taken throughout my time here.
  • Interns from 3 Chicago botanical institutions gather near the Hedge Collection
    On July 28th, the Center for Tree Science -Undergraduate Research Fellows welcomed research interns from the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden.
  • An aerial photograph of the Advanced Photon Source facility
    On July 17th, Undergraduate Research Fellows visited the Argonne National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center.

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