Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

  • "X" Marks the Spot

    A graph of jagged rainbow lines

    When I started this summer, I treated gathering my data as the end goal.

  • Ecological Succession: Building a Forest in 8 Steps

    Forest going through succession, many aspen growing tightly together
    Do you want to build a forest? Well, I'm here to give you the recipe in 8 simple steps. It will require a lot of ecological succession, or change over time. We'll start with a disaster. Perhaps a fiery tornado has torn through the land and nothing remains, or maybe you want a forest on a lava flow. The first step is to allow primary successors to colonize the land. These are the things that can live on seemingly nothing, think lichen. Then perennials will move in, annuals, small trees, and soon enough you'll have a forest!
  • The 2017 Fellowship comes to an end...

    Looking out at the Chicago Skyline from an upper floor of the Field Museum
    The 2017 Fellowship concluded on Friday, August 18th with a final symposium at the Field Museum
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Undergraduate students standing together after presenting their research
    The Morton Arboretum hosted the 2017 Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, August 16th.
  • Talking to Trees: Learning Science Communication at the Arboretum

    Talking to Trees: Learning Science Communication at the Arboretum
    !New Blogger Alert! Hi, my name is Christina. Nice to meet you!
  • Research Experiences

    A plot of Pin oaks surrounded by tall grass
    Hello everyone! I can not believe my ten weeks are done, and that this is my last day at the Arboretum. While here, I have learned so much, and not just about my own project.
  • My Last Blog Post

    My Last Blog Post
    Thanks for a wonderful summer everyone!
  • Geeking Out

    Me surrounded by prairie flowers

    My love for science and ecology, specifically, is not a passion many other people have. I go to a school where being an engineer is glorified and studying buisness is seen as prestigious.

  • Numerous blisters, back/wrist injury, and one tick: behind the scenes of prairie restoration

    Collecting hoses to water

    The prairie restoration experiment ongoing at the Morton Arboretum is a lot more than just pretty flowers and phylogenetic diversity.

  • The Odd One Out

    I am categorizing the liatris plants based on their quality into a white binder for later data analysis

    I am the only undergraduate research fellow to be studying something other than trees at the Morton Arboretum. At first, I felt proud.

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