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Introduction: Into the Forest

Introduction: Into the Forest
For the second week of collections, I was out in the Red Oak forestry plot taking soil samples when it began to downpour.

Welcome to my blog! My name is Samantha, and I am an undergraduate research fellow for this summer at The Morton Arboretum here in Lisle, IL. I am working under Dr. Meghan Midgley in the soil ecology lab. This summer we are investigating the relationships between root processes and soil characteristics in evergreen and deciduous trees. I spend my mornings out in the field setting up or collecting samples and the afternoon in the lab running various analyses on the root and soil collections. I get to drive the super cool research golf cart around the property to get from tree to tree. Everyone waves and smiles as I go by, and it really makes me feel like The Morton Arboretum is the best place to be! 

Cheers to an exiciting summer. 

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.