Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • 2018 Field Trip to the Arboretum
    Interns and staff from the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Field Museum of Natural History visit the Arboretum.
  • Welcome 2018 Undergraduate Research Fellows
    The 2018 Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellows arrived on Monday, June 11th to start their independent research projects at The Morton Arboretum.
  • A graph of jagged rainbow lines

    When I started this summer, I treated gathering my data as the end goal. Like the “X” marking the treasure on a map, I assumed that if I could just get all the data - collect all the samples, measure all the ring widths, cross-date all the trees - that everything else would fall into place.

  • Forest going through succession, many aspen growing tightly together
    Do you want to build a forest? Well, I'm here to give you the recipe in 8 simple steps. It will require a lot of ecological succession, or change over time. We'll start with a disaster. Perhaps a fiery tornado has torn through the land and nothing remains, or maybe you want a forest on a lava flow. The first step is to allow primary successors to colonize the land. These are the things that can live on seemingly nothing, think lichen. Then perennials will move in, annuals, small trees, and soon enough you'll have a forest!
  • Looking out at the Chicago Skyline from an upper floor of the Field Museum
    The 2017 Fellowship concluded on Friday, August 18th with a final symposium at the Field Museum
  • Undergraduate students standing together after presenting their research
    The Morton Arboretum hosted the 2017 Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, August 16th.
  • Talking to Trees: Learning Science Communication at the Arboretum
    !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.
  • My Last Blog Post
    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.

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