Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

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.
The Morton Arboretum Interns gather outside of Union Station
On July 12th, Undergraduate Research Fellows were invited to learn about the research being conducted by interns at the Field Museum.
A large brick building behind a beautiful tall tree.

Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa, and over the course of the summer I have been working with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (otherwise known as CRTI) as a Science and Conservation Communication Intern.

Learn about what I have been up to these past few weeks.
A yellow bee poised in front of a dark hole in the bark of tree

While measuring and dating (or matching a year to each tree ring) the oak cores I collected earlier in the summer, I noticed an abundance of ring anomalies that aren’t supposed to be common in oaks.

The gray skeleton of a dinosaur displayed in the main hall of the Field Museum
The Morton fellowship has not only given me the chance to create my own research project, but also to visit some exciting places. One of the places we visited was the Chicago Field Museum. The trip was extra exciting because we received a behind the scene view of the ongoing research. Here are some of the highlights of the trips.
Forest with a completely open understory.
Moving out of the field and into the soils lab!