I started off my internship program by traveling to Door County, Wisconsin with 3 other REU interns and our mentors Pati Vitt and Kay Havens. Our trip was based on two projects: the demography of Cirsium pitcheri at two sites (Whitefish Dunes and Ship Canal) and the mapping of reintroduced orchids at The Ridges Sanctuary in Bailey’s Harbor.
My first week of the REU program was kicked-off by meeting my mentor Kris Bonefont. Kris' project is focused on Prairies, specifically how species in the prairie survive based on the traits of the habitats and species themselves. Kris is focusing in on fragmented prairies and comparing fragmentation with continuity of prairies.
So it is the end of my second week in the big city of Chicago and my first week of the work I'll be doing at the garden and it's great so far.
Wednesday was my last day with Team Echinacea and we all decided to wear tie dye! It was a great day of weeding p1, phenology, and measuring plants. I really enjoyed myself this summer and learned so much! I'm gonna miss Team Echinacea!
The last installment of a federally funded rant-a-thon.
As I’m sitting here at the end of the day, I’m brooding over the fact that it is already the Wednesday of the 10th week, our last week. In a way, I’m relieved to see all the work I’ve done finally transform into a story; yet, I’m always reluctant to believe that in two days, I will have to say my final goodbyes to all the people I’ve grown accustomed to seeing everyday.
A girl and her 1700 bugs.
As I sit here writing this, my mind is actually focused on another, more pressing issue: Will our pipette tips hold out until we receive our reinforcements? Can they survive to the end of this week!? Regardless of whether they can stay strong or not, I have learned one thing these past couple of weeks: conservation work is easily as necessary in the lab as it is in the field.
Extracting DNA is fun. I would know.
Over the summer, my partner Rachel and I have extracted the DNA from what is probably over 900 P. leucophaea leaf samples. (I’m sure many of our Genetics Lab friends can relate!)
Camp Prairie Fun 2015 (our prairie sampling group's affectionate name) had quite the unique field day experience today. Going out into the field to obtain data for research is an amazing opportunity and experience.