We are nearing the end of the summer and data collection is beginning to come to a close. This means data analysis is right around the corner and I am not ready to take it head on. The challenges I am going to face will be mighty, but I have hope that with the help of my advisers and peers, I will reach my end goal.
A main portion of my research this summer is analyzing root exudation. This analysis measures the amount of carbon put into the soil by the tree roots. It is an important below ground process that contributes to overall soil health and tree health.
My research project has undergone major changes in the past two weeks, and I have learned a lot about trees and about research in general. In this blog, I talk about what the process of establishing a research question has taught me.
My office is the great outdoors. The view from my "desk" is the beautiful clear blue skies and bright green leaves of the trees. The fresh air keeps me energized as I wonder the forest collecting soil samples and analyzing root systems.