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  • Right Now and Into the Future
    A quick overview of the conservation ecology work I've been doing this summer.
  • The idea of simulations always intrigued me, even though I never knew much about them. I was interested in their predictive power, how modeling complex systems could be simplified into code, and what potential they have in many fields.
  • Not a Hallmark movie, but a discussion of how we can use sap flow to improve our understanding of tree health!
  • Tanya's Texan Contemplation and Introduction
  • It has been about a month since we started our internship and I am so happy at how smoothly everything has been going. Internships across the world have been canceled, but our REU program is still going strong.

  • Longings for Bass, Birches, and Shared Spaces
    This post briefly discusses the importance of optimism and composure when faced with adversity. In uncertain times, often our expectations and feelings of entitlement are challenged. Attitude makes all the difference, as well as knowing what you can, and cannot, control.
  • REU students identified and measured local trees as part of the remote program this year. Here are some resources and introductory tips for observing trees in your neighborhood.
  • In Andrew Hiron's Applied Tree Biology, the author points out an interesting tidbit about trees. There is no one formal definition of what constitutes a tree. In fact, a court ruling determined this. The court concluded that as long as something looks like a tree, then it can be defined a tree. Similar to the saying, 'if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.' Now this 'law' about trees if truly amazing. Trees are an abstract notion, yet so grounded in reality. They can take up so many unique forms, even between similar species!

  • This post talks about life as an REU during COVID-19, studying trees for fun in the field and gives a general project update with a brief project overview.
  • Reflection of quarantine work habits and personal growth during the start of my 2020 REU.

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