Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

Undergraduate researcher Sam Panock using a needle to inject nutrient solution into a syringe holding roots to measure root exudation.
A main portion of my research this summer is analyzing root exudation. This analysis measures the amount of carbon put into the soil by the tree roots. It is an important below ground process that contributes to overall soil health and tree health.
Five Mongolian Oak leaves laid out side-by-side on top of a white paper, with two rulers lined up next to the leaves on the bottom and to the right.
My research project has undergone major changes in the past two weeks, and I have learned a lot about trees and about research in general. In this blog, I talk about what the process of establishing a research question has taught me.
View of the canopy from a seedlings perspective, sugar maple seedlings.
An introduction to me, Katie McGee, and my project!
Looking up the trunks of white pine trees and into the canopy.
My office is the great outdoors. The view from my "desk" is the beautiful clear blue skies and bright green leaves of the trees. The fresh air keeps me energized as I wonder the forest collecting soil samples and analyzing root systems.
Selfie of Samantha Panock in the field on a rainy day
The summer'17 undergraduate research fellowship has been underway for almost a month now, and I am excited to share all my struggles, discoveries, and accomplishments! Stay Tuned.
A bright yellow tape measure against the green of the forest floor

Hello everyone!

All of our field gear in the back of our car
Learn about my project and first few collecting trips
Landscape of Oak Savanna, displaying burr oaks and an open green prairie field at Pleasant Valley Conservancy- Madison, WI
My first blog post consists of the struggles I faced when deciding what I wanted to do with my future. After finding my love and passion for the prairie, my career path has become clear for me. Being able to work at the Morton Arboretum has only strengthened my focus to achieve my goals in life. My first few weeks at the Morton Arboretum has opened so many doors for me, and I am excited to see what is in store for the remainder of time that I am here.
Two Mongolian Oaks on the west side of the Morton Arboretum.
Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Gao, and I am one of the Undergraduate Research Fellows working for the Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science this summer. For this post, I wanted to provide a bit of background on who I am and how I got here!