This is my second blog post of the summer, and I am thrilled to let you know that my experience in Chicago has been amazing. Throughout my time at the garden, I've been able to conduct research on Oenothera organensis, which is part of the Onagraceae family. This flower is endemic to the Organ mountains of New Mexico. For my research project, we have taken several measurements from two separate lines of the same species. This is in an attempt to better understand the impacts of ex-situ conservation both for the flower and its main pollinator, the hawkmoth. Also, we are conducting pollination trials to learn more about the ex situ flowering plant, and its genetic makeup. Moreover, both lines have been subjected to ex situ conditions, but one has been under ex situ conditions for much longer, and we are trying to see if that has had an impact on its characteristics.
Also, I have been helping my mentor, and the college first student with the collection of worms, and seedling removal. I have also been learning more about how to identify certain plants with my mentor, which has been beneficial for learning common traits that plant families contain. Lastly, I have been able to gain insightful experience with conducting research, which has helped me gain a better ability to think about potential research projects in the future.
Thank you CBG!