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Saying Goodbye Again

Monday, August 19, 2019
Saying Goodbye Again

My summer work has been wonderful, but it quickly came to a close. As I wrapped up my last week, I was able to present the preliminary findings of my research to colleagues at the Arboretum. My talk will be posted this winter on the Morton Arboretum YouTube channel. It was great to be able to share my summer work with so many incredible people! We were also lucky enough to hear Meg Lowman, better known as CanopyMeg, speak about her life’s work.

2019 REU students with Meg Lowman after the Research Symposium
It was an honor to hear Meg Lowman discuss her work.


Although my summer work is now over, may phylogeny and its applications are far from complete. I am excited to return in the winter to work more with the data, and see the long-term effects that it will have on the prairie restoration experiment.


The prairie project is near and dear to my heart. The last two summers have brought me very close to the experimental plots, as well as the many incredible people who are working on the project. I can’t wait to continue to see how my phylogeny affects the experiment. I was lucky to work with two incredible mentors this summer, and I am lucky to be able to continue this research with them.

REU student Alice Bieda with mentors Andrew Hipp and Marlene Hahn in the Herbarium at the Morton Arboretum.
My lovely mentors, Dr. Andrew Hipp and Marlene Hahn, and I on my last day of the summer.