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Past Participants

Meet the Center for Tree Science undergraduate research program participants and learn more about their projects and experiences at The Morton Arboretum.

2019 Undergraduate Researchers

Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and Morton Salt; other funding as noted.

2019 REU Andrew Archundia

Andrew Archundia

Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois

Title: Tree Physiology and Soil Amendments in Highway Environments

Advisors: Drs. Jake Miesbauer and Allyson Salisbury

Blog post

 

2019 REU Alice Bieda

Alice Bieda

Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota

TitleInvestigating Phylogenetic Trends in Vole Herbivory Patterns on Tallgrass Prairie Species

Advisors: Dr. Andrew Hipp and Marlene Hahn

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Mariah Casmey

Mariah Casmey

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Title: Using Open Source Data to Identify Conservation Priorities at Large Spatial Scales

Advisors: Dr. Murphy Westwood, Christina Carrero, and Emily Beckman

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Perry Giambuzzi

Perry Giambuzzi

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TitleComparison of wood growth sensitivity to timing of optimal temperatures among trees varying in xylem anatomy and mycorrhizal association

Advisor: Dr. Christy Rollinson

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Sydney Kaplan

Sydney Kaplan

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Title: Drones for Tree Science: Multi-sensor 3D modeling and Precise Canopy Sampling

Advisors: Drs. Chuck Cannon and Matthew Spenko

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Gabriela Krochmal

Gabriela Krochmal

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Title: Tree Growth Responses to Chronic Fertilization in a Lowland Tropical Rainforest

Advisors: Drs. Silvia Alvarez Clare and Richard Condit

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Jessica Langguth

Jessica Langguth

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Title: Fine-root functional traits across the gymnosperm phylogeny

Advisor: Dr. Luke McCormack

Blog Posts

 

2019 REU Jamilys Rivera

Jamilys Rivera

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao, Humacao, Puerto Rico

Title: Comparison of growth and recovery in response to drought stress across wood types

Advisor: Dr. Christy Rollinson

Blog posts

 

2019 REU Ella Segal

Ella Segal

Rice University, Houston, Texas

Title: The Impacts of Fine Root Mass and Soil Nitrogen Availability on Nitrogen Uptake Rate in Trees

Advisors: Drs. Meghan Midgley and Ray Dybzinski

Blog posts

 

2019 Undergraduate Research Program Participant

2019 Research Technician Fellow (RTF) Bailie Fredlock

Bailie (Fredlock) Munoz, Research Technician Fellow (RTF)

Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois

Title: Botanic garden populations of Quercus havardii: are we conserving enough genetic diversity?

Advisor: Dr. Sean Hoban

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science 

 

2018 Undergraduate Researchers

Our thanks to Morton Salt for their generous contribution to the 2018 undergraduate research program; other funding as noted.

Image of undergraduate female, Alyssa Barrantes-Leonard

Alyssa L. Barrantes-Leonard

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Title: Species richness protects prairie species from vole herbivory

Advisors: Dr. Andrew Hipp and Mary-Claire Glasenhardt

Funding provided by: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Blog Posts

PDF icon 2018_Barrantes-Leonard_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Image of undergraduate female, Cori Butkiewicz

Cori L. Butkiewicz

University of Maryland - College Park, College Park, Maryland

Title: Forests on the Edge: Climate, soil and fire on the prairie-forest boundary

Advisor: Dr. Christy Rollinson

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Blog Posts

PDF icon 2018_Butkiewicz_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Image of undergraduate female, Liz Gibbons

Elizabeth M. Gibbons

Michigan State, East Lansing, Michigan

Title: A Phylogenetic Analysis of Biodiversity in an Oak Dominated Forest of the Chicago Region

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Blog Posts

PDF icon 2018_Gibbons_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Image of undergraduate female, Lydia Schlaefke

Lydia Schlaefke

Michigan State, East Lansing, Michigan

Title: Root regeneration after fall and spring root severance of two common urban tree species, Acer platanoides and Betula nigra

Advisor: Dr. Gary Watson

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Blog Posts

PDF icon 2018_Schlaefke_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Image of undergraduate female, Rachel Sims

Rachel S. Sims

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Title: Leaf habit versus mycorrhizal fungi association: A framework for predicting tree species effects on soil

Advisor: Dr. Meghan Midgley

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Blog Posts

PDF icon 2018_Sims_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Image of undergraduate female, Ashley Wojciechowski

Ashley A. Wojciechowski

North Central College, Naperville, Illinois

Title: Foliar Nutrient Concentrations of Understory Plants in a Chronically Fertilized Lowland Tropical Wet Forest in Costa Rica

Advisor: Dr. Silvia Alvarez Clare

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Blog Posts

Blog Post about REEF (continuing research experience)

PDF icon 2018_Wojciechowski_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

2018 Undergraduate Research Program Participants

Image of female high school graduate, Alice Bieda

Alice Bieda

Downers Grove North High School graduate, Downers Grove, Illinois

Project: Species richness protects prairie species from vole herbivory

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp and Mary-Claire Glasenhardt

 

Image of female high school graduate, Marion Deal

Marion Deal

Downers Grove North High School graduate, Downers Grove, Illinois

Project: Species richness protects prairie species from vole herbivory

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp and Mary-Claire Glasenhardt

 

Image of female high school student, Amayrani Sanchez

Amayrani Sanchez

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois

Project: Foliar Nutrient Concentrations of Understory Plants in a Chronically Fertilized Lowland Tropical Wet Forest in Costa Rica

Advisor: Dr. Silvia Alvarez Clare

 

Image of female high school student, Mary Ashley Tenedor

Mary Ashley Tenedor

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois

Project: Foliar Nutrient Concentrations of Understory Plants in a Chronically Fertilized Lowland Tropical Wet Forest in Costa Rica

Advisor: Dr. Silvia Alvarez Clare

 

2017 Undergraduate Researchers

Our thanks to Morton Salt for their generous contribution to the 2018 undergraduate research program; other funding as noted.

2017 Research Fellow Amy Bryne in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Amy Byrne

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

Title: Diversity mechanisms shape first year survivorship in a phylogenetic and functional diversity prairie restoration experiment

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Funding provided by: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Amy's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Sara Desmond in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Sara Desmond

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 

Title:  Latitude predicts leaf size in bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

Sara's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Alyssa Gao in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub
 
Alyssa Gao

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Title: Examining the Effects of Bacterial Leaf Scorch on the Leaves of Quercus mongolica trees within The Morton Arboretum Collection

Advisor: Dr. Chuck Cannon

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Alyssa's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Taskeen Khan in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Taskeen Khan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

Title: The Impact of Injury on Sap Flow in Quercus palustris 

Advisor: Dr. Chuck Cannon

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Taskeen's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Sierra Lopezalles in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Sierra Lopezalles

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Title: Effects of prescribed burn regime on the growth of mature trees in Midwest oak forests

Advisor: Dr. Christy Rollinson

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Sierra's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Katie McGee in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Kathryn (Katie) McGee

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Title: The Effect of Prescribed Fire Regimes on Seedling Regeneration and Nitrogen Dynamics in an Oak Forest

Advisor: Dr. Silvia Alvarez Clare

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Katie's Blog Posts

 

2017 Research Fellow Samantha Panock in front of a beautiful Wintergreen Korean Boxwood shrub

Samantha Panock

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Title: Uncovering belowground properties of urban forests: The relationship between root systems, soil characteristics, and fungal communities in deciduous and evergreen trees at The Morton Arboretum

Advisor: Dr. Meghan Midgley

Funding provided by: Morton Salt and Center for Tree Science

Samantha's Blog Posts

 

2016 Undergraduate Researchers

 

Mackenzie Coden, Undergraduate Research Fellow in 2016

Mackenzie Coden

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Title: Testing protocols for preserving oak leaf tissue and extracting DNA for use in oak conservation genetic studies

Advisor: Dr. Sean Hoban

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

Mackenzie's Blog Posts

Mackenzie's summer research experience

PDF icon 2016_Coden CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Alison McGarigal, Undergraduate Research Fellow in 2016

Alison McGarigal

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Title: Comparing the Efficiency and Accuracy of a Digital Photography and Laser Based Technique in Conducting Forest Surveys

Advisor: Dr. Chuck Cannon

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

Ali's Blog Posts

Ali's summer research experience

PDF icon 2016_McGarigal_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Quinn Taylor, Undergraduate Research Fellow in 2016

Quinn Taylor

University of San Diego, San Diego, California

Title: Burn Forest Burn: Effects of Annual Burning of Forest Soils

Advisor: Dr. Meghan Midgley

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

Quinn's Blog Posts

Quinn's summer research experience

PDF icon 2016_Quinn_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Kirsten Triller Undergraduate Research Fellow in 2016

Kirsten Triller

University of Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota

Title: Environmental impact and influence on urban tree health of biochar and biosolids

Advisor: Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

Kirsten's Blog Posts

Kirsten's summer research experience 

PDF icon 2016_Triller_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

Kasey Pham, 2016 URF student

Kasey Pham

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Title: A time and place for everything: The shifting predictors of genetic diversity in the oak chloroplast

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Funding provided by: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Kasey's Blog Posts

Kasey's summer research experience

 

2015 Undergraduate Researchers

2015 CTS URF-Mary Babiez

Mary Babiez

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Title: The correlation between basal isoprene emissions and climate of the native range within oak species

Advisor: Dr. Mark Potosnak

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

2015 group blog archive

 

2015 CTS URF-Bruce Jake Berger

Bruce Jake Berger

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Title: Isolating the invasive mechanisms of non-native canopy trees on white oak and sugar maple seedling growth

Advisor: Dr. Robert Fahey

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

2015 group blog archive

 

CTS URF-Jacob Cerminar

Jacob Cerminar

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Title: Biosolids and biochars initial effects on environmental quality in urban soil

Advisor: Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

2015 group blog archive

 

CTS URF-Angélica Bannwart Lopes

Angélica Bannwart Lopes

West Virginia University & Universidade Federal de Viçosa - Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Title: Testing the accuracy of imaging software to measure tree root volumes

Advisor: Dr. Jason Miesbauer

Funding provided by: Center for Tree Science

2015 group blog archive

 

CTS URF-Erin Pfarr

Erin Pfarr

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Title: Genome sizing of wild collected weigela and weigela cultivars

Advisor: Joseph Rothleutner

Funding provided by: The Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust

2015 group blog archive

PDF icon 2015_Pfarr CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

CTS URF-Nick Steichmann

Nick Steichmann

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Title: Hybridization across the Bur Oak Range

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Funding provided by: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

 

2014 Undergraduate Researchers

URF-Breane Budaitis

Breane Budaitis

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

Title: Inferring the history of morphological diversification in sedges

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hipp

Interns: Alexa Cotton & Kasey Pham

2014 group blog archive

 

URF-Elizabeth (Liz) Carter

Elizabeth (Liz) Carter

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Title: Do oak species that are genetically associated with warmer climatic niches have greater isoprene emission rates?

Advisor: Dr. Mark Potosnak

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Carter CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Erik Desotelle

Erik Desotelle

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Title: Assessing performance of volunteers to monitor the urban forest

Advisors: Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch & Dr. Lara Roman

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Desotelle_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Christina Fites

Christina Fites

Indiana University - South Bend, South Bend, Indiana

Title: Carbon storage and dynamics of The Morton Arboretum

Advisor: Emma Bialecki

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Fites_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Stuart Hupp

Stuart Hupp

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 

Title: Oak seedling survival and growth in relation to canopy structure and understory competition

Advisor: Dr. Robert Fahey

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Hupp_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Kathrine Klaus

Kathrine Klaus

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 

Title: Towards a sustainable designer urban soil for trees

Advisors: Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch & Michelle Catania

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Klaus_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Brian Maule

Brian Maule

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Title: Effects of urban trees and green infrastructure on water quality and runoff

Advisor: Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Maule_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf

 

URF-Felipe Santich

Felipe Santich

University of California - Davis, Davis, California

Title: Assessing the use of morphological characteristics to predict branch attachment strength

Advisor: Dr. Jason Miesbauer

2014 group blog archive

PDF icon 2014_Santich_CTS_URF_Poster.pdf