Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • 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.
  • Oak Identifying Fun
    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.
  • Four male arborists and young female intern gather for group picture by the golf carts at the end of a busy day collecting samples.
    Big thanks to the arborist crew for taking a day to help me with my summer project!
  • A golden yellow slug contrasted against dark wet wood

    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.

  • a Pin oak with four different sap flow meters attached along the trunk

    In the last few weeks my project has been changing, and now I get to work with an exciting piece of technology, sap flow meters!


    This is the SFM1 Sap Flow Meter.

  • Soil samples in glass beakers
    Even though field work is a lot of fun, there's also a lot of cool tools, technologies, and techniques for lab work and analyses!

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