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Behind the Scenes of Science

Behind the Scenes of Science
Undergraduate researcher Sam Panock (pictured right) is being filmed by camera man Matthew Taylor (pictured left) from the Development Department while completing extractions for soil microbial biomass analyses.

For the first five weeks of this program, I have been working in the field to collect soil samples, root samples, and root exudates for my 48 individual trees (8 species total). On my last few days of collection, I was being filmed by staff from The Morton Arboretum Development Department. The goal was to capture close ups of some behind the scenes science. The camera man followed me through swarms of mosquitos into the deep forest to film the soil and root collection processes. The lab work and extraction preparations were also filmed the next day.  It was a super cool experience to be able to show off the hard work I have been doing for the past weeks, and it is a great feeling to know others are exited and eager to learn about my research! 

Stay tuned for the video.

Cheers to Week 5!


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.