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Another Day at the Office

Another Day at the Office
The pine plot is located on the east side of the arboretum. Visitors can take a hiking trail to see the pines and spruces perfectly lined up and growing to the sky.

The best part of being an ecologist is spending most of the work day outdoors. Instead of sitting in a grey cupicle staring out of a window, I get to adventure off into the sunny green forests. Several philosphers such as John Muir and Henry David Thoreua believed that nature is good for the human soul. I believe nature is a a great place to think, clear your head, and relieve some stress. The fresh air helps clear the mind and the sounds of birds singing and the wind whistling through the trees is calming. Whether it be for a picnic, bike ride, jog, or simple walk, I suggest to everyone to  spend as much time outside in nature as possible! It will change your life for the better. 

Cheers to beautiful sunny days at work. 

About the Author
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My name is Samantha Panock. I am an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago double majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy. I am a 2017 summer undergraduate research intern at The Morton Arboretum. I am conducting soil ecology research under the mentorship of Dr. Meghan Midgley. Our project analyzes the relationships between selected root traits, soil processes, and leaf litter contributions across several tree species in order to provide a more in-depth understanding of below ground operations.