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  • An Unexpected Journey: Doing Research with Trees, Computers, and Japanese

    So what do these three - computers, science, and Japanese - have in common? Well they are all part of my daily routine doing research at the Morton Arboretum. For a long time, I thought doing research in the scientific field of ecology meant going outside, making observations, collecting data, and then bringing that back into the lab for analysis. Crucial to the field of ecology, was going outside as ecology is the study of the relationships of living things.

  • To the Prairie... and Beyond!
    Understanding the genetic makeup of prairie plants takes many long steps, but the beauty of the process is undeniable.
  • Wearing Many “Hats”
    What's an engineer's role at The Morton Arboretum? For me, its flying drones, creating 3D models of trees, and learning about trees from passionate scientists!
  • From Forest to Lab: Ashley Wojciechowski's REEF Experience
    Ashley Wojciechowski (URF 2018) continued her research and shares her experience in Costa Rica!
  • Tree Coring: A Look into the Past (and Future)
    A review of one of the most important tools and techniques that researchers have at their disposal for understanding tree growth, some of its misconceptions, and how looking at a tree's past can allow researchers to help trees in the future.
  • Adventures in a Tropical Rainforest

    A few weeks ago, I went to Costa Rica to gather spatial data for the EARTH Forest Fertilization Experiment (EFFEX). Doing research in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica was one of the most impactful and fascinating experiences I have yet to have. The overwhelming abundance of diversity created much distraction while gathering spatial and coordinate data. 

  • Field trip for interns at The Morton Arboretum
    Interns from Chicago Botanic Garden and Lincoln Park Zoo visit Morton Arboretum REUs
  • The URF is now an REU site and we are excited to welcome the 2019 participants...
  • 2018 URF Concludes
    The 2018 Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship concluded at the Field Museum Research Symposium on Friday, August 17th.
  • 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    The 5th annual Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, August 15th at The Morton Arboretum.

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