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Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

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.
A crowded lab bench on one half, a forest landscape on the other
Hello! I'm Mackenzie, one of the research fellows. This summer I’m working on a project that lets me combine everything I’m interested in - no need to choose “or”!
Picture of woods with tall brown trees and green leaves on the trees and small green plants on the ground
My first week at the arboretum has been an exciting one! The first step in my research project is to set up plots in the woods and record the trees present in each plot.

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