I can’t believe we are finishing up week FIVE here at the arboretum - time has really flown by. The past few weeks I have been on more sample collecting trips. We went to Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada (see highlights below!). By now, we have had a lot of practice collecting oaks, so we have gotten much faster. We are also lucky to have had several people from various institutions help us collect on these trips and make the process go faster!
While traveling to different places is fun, I am happy to say that I will have a couple of weeks off from sample collecting to really focus on my project. This past week I have begun analyzing leaf characteristics in a program called ImageJ, and have also learned a little bit about a software called R, which I will use to analyze my data. It has been great to be back at the arboretum for more than one day in a row, and I can finally see my project really coming together.
In addition to working on my project, I was able to attend the annual field trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. Us Morton Arboretum interns, as well as the Chicago Botanic Garden interns, got to learn about the projects that the Field Museum interns are working on, as well as get a behind the scenes tour of the museum. We were also fortunate enough to get
free admission to some of the special exhibits (I highly recommend going to see the tattoo exhibit!).
Overall, it feels good to be back for a while, and I am excited to see what the next half of this internship holds.
Highlights from my recent collecting trips:
-I got to meet up with my aunts, uncles, and cousins while driving through Minneapolis, MN on the fourth of July!
-camping at Lake Jacomo campground, which I highly recommend!
-passing through the center of Canada
-getting more doughnuts and other pastries!
-going for a boat ride at Whiteshell Provincial Park
-fun fact: we slept through another really bad rainstorm while in Kansas