7/29/22: the michael jordan of dunking trees
We are officially in the deep end of both our waterlogging project and this summer’s REU program. After following the same procedure as last week with the magnolias, the maples were harvested and placed in the pool. Meanwhile, Isabella and I, along with the rest of the REU students, prepped for the presentations we will be giving next Wednesday at the arboretum. Have you ever watched a scientist present their research in a Youtube video, at a conference, or some other type of event? It can seem like a stand-alone project, but I assure you that behind the scenes it is an extremely collaborative endeavor! Continue reading to find out more about what we did this week in the Root Lab to strengthen our wings for the upcoming flight (I assure you, this metaphor will pay off by the end of this post).
Have you ever seen a happier pair of scientists? After collecting the roots, I placed them in those white trays, Sarah gave them a quick clean and weighed them before placing them in falcon tubes. A falcon tube is a plastic test tube with a screw cap.
In preparing for the REU symposium this week, I have had the help of everyone in the Root Lab in addition to other peers and volunteers at the arboretum. Isabella, Jessica, and I ran through practice presentations and received constructive feed-back from Luke, Marvin, and each other. Our volunteer Veta came in clutch with some helpful R tips when I was encountering issues plotting our photosynthesis data. This is all to say that science is a group effort. Even Rachel Carson probably had a helpful friend around to teach her how to code on the typewriter. While we’re on the topic of science, history, and Rachel Carson, check out this article to read a great summary of the life and legacy of one of my favorite figures in science.
Carson seen here, maybe she’s struggling with editing her x-axis labels in ggplot? Photo cred goes to “themarginalian” website where you can find the article I linked.
A refresher on the word assimilation: this is a measure of photosynthesis looking at how much carbon a leaf is absorbing. You can see that the during the last two sessions (while the trees were dunked) the waterlogged trees were unable to absorb much carbon.
Remember this gooey lookin’ fella? Incase you don’t, it is a red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis)... It’s hard to believe the incredible metamorphosis that occurs just over the course of a few weeks! Once again, props are due to the talented Marvin Lo for the great pictures.
What about our friend here? Remember? This is Butter, our giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). Butter went from a caterpillar that mimics bird droppings, to a vibrant yellow beauty.