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.
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.
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!
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.
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.