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  • "Conifer Walk’s Threatened Trees", by 2019 Science and Conservation Communications Intern, Elizabeth Gamillo. Elizabeth and interns Sasha Kramer and Taran Lichtenberger, were mentored by Dr. Jessica Turner-Skoff.
  • Saying Goodbye Again
    My summer work has been wonderful, but it quickly came to a close.
  • Cookies and Climate Change

    In my last blog post, I described coming to the realization that trees are big, nitrogen atoms are small, and of how the work we’ve all done this summer plays out in front of us. But what is nitrogen uptake rate? What affects it? Why does it matter beyond the individual trees in front of us?


  • Those of us reading this who are biologists, ecologists, or conservationists may have had the chance to work with equipment that is expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and not something you can afford to accidentally ruin while in the field.


  • Fine-roots absorb water and nutrients from soil and are therefore vital to plant survival. My summer research sought to answer: How do fine-root traits vary across gymnosperm species?
  • The Morton Arboretum through My Viewfinder
    Spending a summer at The Morton Arboretum was equally as good of an opportunity for photography as it was for research. Here I talk about my experience taking photos at The Morton Arboretum and how photography can enhance your (and others') appreciation of the natural world.
  • The Family Across the Ocean You Can Find
    The Morton Arboretum has shown me that family doesn’t have to be blood related, because they will treat you as one of their own.
  • Seeing the City for the Trees
    Many of the other students on this REU program go outside into the field to take measurements, however my work is all done in front of a screen.
  • While measuring root traits for my research project, I observed that tree roots differ wildly in appearance. It reminds me of why I fell in love with in plant biology.
  • A small look to my experience so far!

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