Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • 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!
  • A sliver of a tree core with dark bands separating the tree rings

    I’ve spent the a majority of my time since my last blog peering down a microscope at tree rings, so I figured now was as good a time as any to share what I’ve learned.

  • A collage of five different tubes containing various liquids.
    Hi again! In this blog, I talk about the trials and tribulations I have faced during the data collection process.
  • Learn how to identify a few species of oaks!
  • Pink "X"s spray painted on the trunk of a Pin oak
    These past few week I have been working on setting the stage for my experiment. My project has changed a bit since my first post, and I am now studying the impact of an injury on the rate of sap flow in Pin oaks. Choosing the trees and installing the sap flow meters was a process that was completely new to me.

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