Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • 2 Weeks Left?!
    Learn about what I have been up to these past few weeks.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole

    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.

  • Field Trip!
    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.
  • From Trees to Tins
    Moving out of the field and into the soils lab!
  • The Secrets of 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.

  • It Happens
    Hi again! In this blog, I talk about the trials and tribulations I have faced during the data collection process.
  • Oak Identifying Fun
    Learn how to identify a few species of oaks!
  • Lights, Camera, Action!
    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.
  • Collecting Samples from the Canopy
    Big thanks to the arborist crew for taking a day to help me with my summer project!
  • A Long Journey

    These past few weeks, dear readers, have been an exercise in persistence. I’ve spent the better part of my time recently doing intensely repetitive work.

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