Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • Sensors, Sap Flow, Science

    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.

  • Tools, Tech, and Tests
    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!
  • Working Towards a Fitbit for Trees
    Hi again! I'm currently in the process of collecting samples and running experiments, but I took a break to talk about plant pathology and the role it plays in my project.
  • Behind the Scenes of Science
    Summer is half over! This past week was my last week in the field collecting soil and root samples for all of my tree species. Luckily the last fun moments in the field were caught on camera.
  • You Can’t Handle the Truth: the Tribulations of Data Analysis
    We are nearing the end of the summer and data collection is beginning to come to a close. This means data analysis is right around the corner and I am not ready to take it head on. The challenges I am going to face will be mighty, but I have hope that with the help of my advisers and peers, I will reach my end goal.
  • Good To Be Back
    I went collecting in Kansas and CANADA! But now I'm back in the office for a couple of weeks.
  • The Art of Roots
    A main portion of my research this summer is analyzing root exudation. This analysis measures the amount of carbon put into the soil by the tree roots. It is an important below ground process that contributes to overall soil health and tree health.
  • Going through the Alphabet
    My research project has undergone major changes in the past two weeks, and I have learned a lot about trees and about research in general. In this blog, I talk about what the process of establishing a research question has taught me.
  • Summer of Science
    An introduction to me, Katie McGee, and my project!
  • Another Day at the Office
    My office is the great outdoors. The view from my "desk" is the beautiful clear blue skies and bright green leaves of the trees. The fresh air keeps me energized as I wonder the forest collecting soil samples and analyzing root systems.

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