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.