While doing a plant success survey, it is critical to know exactly what the species you are looking for looks like. Seeing as this is important, one must be able to differentiate between species that look quite similar at a first glance.
Hello friends of science!
For those of you choosing to read my blog post, you’re about to embark on a journey through the underappreciated world of urban soil science and how studying soil is actually a love trap into the pits of greatness. That, along with the beauty of living in Chicago. It all relates to soil in the end though because let’s face it, soil is life.
While I spent nearly all of my time in the first couple weeks of research conducting fieldwork, I have been sending many more hours in the lab.
On Monday (7/20) about 100 plants were taken out of their cone-tainers and harvested to collect data. Most of the plants ready were the Rudbeckia Hirta, or Black-Eyed Susan. Only some of the Andropogon Gerardii (Big Bluestem), Zizia Aurea (Gold Alexander), and Allium Cernuum (Nodding Onion) were ready to be harvested.
It is now passed the halfway point in the CBG REU program and it feels like I just got here! I have two weeks left of data collection for my project, then it will be time for analysis and preparing for the symposium.
Prairie restorations with the non-native Echinacea pallida have been planted close to the prairie remnants with the native Echinacea angustifolia. The two species are able to hybridize, but what effect would this have on the few remaining native species? This week, with the help of a few team members, data was collected on the hybrids planted at Hegg Lake.
It’s no secret among my cohorts that I’m a vegetarian. While I’m certainly not the evangelical type, news of this lifestyle spreads fairly quickly through the consideration of impromptu dinner arrangements or chummy conversation between the resident Vegan—Melissa—and me.
In the United States, more than 99% of the native tallgrass prairie ecosystem has been destroyed. To address this, ecological restoration is increasingly used to conserve native species and regain ecosystem services.