I have had few weeks more exciting than this one. I see myself as incredibly fortunate to be doing field research within the genus Oenothera in the middle of a Ponderosa Pine forest in Flagstaff. The fact that I have two fantastic mentors with me to teach me new skills makes it all the better.
I'm beginning my third week as an REU intern at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and so far I am loving everything about working here.
It is Saturday afternoon of week two into the REU program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I am loving everything about the program thus far! Great people, awesome site-seeing, and an opportunity I thought I could only dream of.
This is a beautiful False Sunflower that is a few meters away from one of the Echinacea's plots. It caught my attention because it was the only flowering plant within a short distance. The False Sunflower (Heliopsis) is in the same family as the Echinacea (Asteraceae).
Wednesday was a very successful day of collecting data. We've spent the past few days squatting and crawling through 2 feet tall grass searching for juvenile Echinacea plants that could range anywhere from 1 cm to 21 cm. In the midst of the searching, I was visited by this butterfly. It looks to me like a Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus).
I can’t believe these ten weeks are over. There has been so many good things happening with my project that I want to share with you, my dear reader. On my last blog, I mentioned that we were going to hit the field (Schenck Ravine) to test our meander-based protocol. Well… we did it and it worked fabulously!
I spent most of the time since my last blog post taking pictures. Pictures of whole leaves, pictures of cells, pictures of stomata, pictures of veins. As a reminder, I’m looking at leaf diversity from a few sites from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia, about 120 million years ago.
The internship has come to a close, and I’m excited to talk the rest of our research this summer. After returning from Door County, we immediately began to work on feeding studies, utilizing three different species of biocontrol weevils.
As week 9 comes to a close so does my research project. Since the last time I blogged my project has taken some interesting turns. As a refresher I am studying the population genetics of Hyles lineata, a pollinator moth that is widespread across the Americas. My initial plan to use DNA from museum samples did not go as hoped, and so the focus of my pr
Do seeds from different states have different responses to temperature? This is one of the questions I have been testing for the second half of my internship at the garden. In my last post, I talked about how we were scouting populations across a latitudinal gradient.