Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • A frog sculpture in front of Morton Arboretum Administration Building
    A quick introduction to me (Kasey Pham) and the Arboretum's stupendous Systematics Lab, for those who've ever wondered what it is that we study in the Herbarium on the third floor of the Admin building.
  • A field notebook page, with a circular tube with a QR code stuck to it and an open space in the East Woods in the background
    This past week and a half has been full on! I have been diving head first into the depths of my project, which is both exciting and exhausting. It seems as though the deeper you get, the more questions you have.
  • Pages of pressed plant specimens from the herbarium
    I spent some time looking through the history in the herbarium. It was so interesting to see how different individual plants of the same species can be. Also, some are much, MUCH older than I had expected!
  • Research fellow pouring chemicals into beakers, wearing safety goggles.
    During my third week at the arboretum I got to work on a few different projects. For your entertainment, I have summarized these projects into short poems.
  • A pile of journal article papers
    Science builds on itself to keep moving forward over time. To make sure I'm helping move science forward too, I've been reading a lot of previously published scientific articles!
  • A picture of several broadleaf trees surrounded by bright green grass on a sunny day
    This blog post will be primarily dedicated to giving you an overview of my project including how it can potentially help us understand the ramifications of climate change over time.
  • Research fellow in the woods doing field work
    The idea of different species interacting with each other and living together is a major part of ecology and very commonly studied by ecologists. It is also one of my favorite parts about nature. These interactions are called symbiotic relationships, and one particular type of symbiotic relationship is a mutualism. Mutualisms occur when different species interact and they both benefit from the interaction. There are four different ways that I have seen mutualisms this week.
  • Four fellows standing outside of the Botany Laboratory
    On Monday, June 13th, The Morton Arboretum welcomed the Center for Tree Science - Undergraduate Research Fellows.
  • A long row of medium-sized trees planted in pots, raised on cinder blocks with a milk jug connected at the bottom
    This is a reflection on my, Kirsten Triller's, first three weeks of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Read a self-introduction, and see what I've learned over these past few weeks!
  • A grey moth laying flat against the mortar on a red brick wall with the moth in full focus with the surroundings blurred.
    Hello lovely readers! My name is Alison McGarigal and I am one of four Undergraduate Research Fellows working for the Center for Tree Science this summer. In this post I share with you a story about my own fears of blending in here and why they turned out to be completely unfounded.

Page controls