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  • Making a Lot More than Conclusions
    Although the main purpose of my time here at The Morton Arboretum was to conduct research, I spent a lot of time outside of the lab visiting new places, learning new things, and talking to new people.
  • Interns leave the prairie
    Time on the prairie is coming to a close and just one more week before I have to go back to school.
  • Hearts in Science.
    In the books I’ve read, scientists are often portrayed as cold, calculating, and completely logical. Maybe some of them are. Maybe I’m just reading the wrong books, because I made a heart-shaped diagram. It makes me smile.
  • Time Flies When You’re Learning & Having Fun!

    I can’t believe I have only one full week left of my fellowship! I have been busy researching and preparing slides and a poster to present next week at the Morton Arboretum Undergraduate Research Symposium and later at the Field Museum for their symposium.


  • In the Shadow of Fumigation Mountain
    Time for phase three of my summer adventure! We took a sojourn from extractions to fumigate the soil and prepare it for C:N analysis.
  • The Next Step Forward
    It's easy to get carried away by what comes next. It's important to remind yourself what you have to work on right now.
  • Welcome to Extraction Land

    Upon completion of soil sampling in the forestry plots, we journeyed back to the lab where I would learn the fine art of extracting nutrients from the soil. 

  • Into the Woods!
    Environmental science student and tree enthusiast from Valparasio University here, mapping my adventures in Dr. Midgley's soils lab!
  • Cracking-The (CODE)
    All of my data is in! But wait, what do all of these numbers even mean? This summer I had to learn to use R to analyze my data.
  • Costa Rica Soil Adventures
    Our soil samples from Costa Rica have arrived and we started to collect data.

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