7/15/22: from the forest to the garden
This week was jam-packed with REU activities, from further research pitch practice runs, to a fun and informative trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. On Monday, we had students from UIC’s internship program visit us at the arboretum. We participated in a speed-date-like scenario where arboretum folks were paired with a student from UIC’s program and we each gave a quick pitch describing our project. It felt a little bit awkward in the beginning, but by the end of the exercise everyone was pitching their research as confidently as a veteran podcaster reading an ad for Uber Eats. I’m getting a little off topic here. Make sure to check out UIC’s internship program and all the cool and important research they’re doing on monarch butterflies! Quick update on the waterlogging trees: still patiently awaiting sufficient root growth. In the meantime, don’t miss out on the other adventures we went on this week, including taking soil measurements with a po-go stick and exploring a majestic urban garden!
Former employee of the arboretum, Andrew Munoz, recently took his plant breeding skills to CBG. Now he spends his time monitoring plants in the Plant Evaluation Garden.
Above is one of the three greenhouses we were able to tour at CBG. This was one of my personal favorites!
Here are some snapshots of CBG’s Bonsai collection. One is over 800 years old! Think about all of the people who have cared for and manicured these trees over the centuries. What a cool visual representation of human and plant relations.
We found this red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis) caterpillar in one of our forestry plots and Marv took him home for a photoshoot.