It's been a month and a half that i'm now working at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Midway point already! Time is too short!
I acquired a lot of experiences. Both technical experience (with GBS sequencing technique) and cultural experience (language, social, culture, food).
A short summary about how a girl from the coast ended up loving her time in the Midwest.
My REU internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden so far has been an incredible learning experience.
It is undeniably a real phenomenon, yet many still claim it as false. Global Climate Change has been a topic of inevitable discussion as it has grown in popularity among a wide range of subjects such as politics, although often not taken seriously, entomology, and most notably in my case, botanical sciences.
I’ve just ended my fourth week as an REU intern, and my experience so far has been everything I had hoped it would be. I’ve turned strangers into friends, and I’m living in a dorm community for the first time in my life. I endure an hour and a half commute twice a day involving almost 5 miles of walking and a 40-minute train ride, and it’s less difficult every day. I spend 4 out of 5 days...
This summer I am studying the historic populations losses, and contemporary decline and isolation on the genetic structure of the federally threatened orchid Platanthera Leucophaea (The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid). We are doing a population genetics study of the species, for plants like this that have undergone a dramatic decline in populations we want to understand that impact.
The city and the botanic garden are polar opposites of each other, but they are both amazing places to spend the summer!
Artemesia tridentate. Certainly nothing I’d ever heard of before. An informative yet understandable synopsis from my lovely mentor, Olga, illuminates both the common name (Sage brush) and the plants connection to the not technically-endangered-yet-alarmingly-close-to-it Sage Grouse. I’d seen these wild and extravagant looking birds before.