Today, I collected leaf samples from six maple trees using a shotgun. Well, technically, I didn’t use the shotgun. Dr. William Schuster, the director of Black Rock Forest and an experienced hunter with all of the appropriate certifications, used the shotgun. But the trees he shot at were trees I had marked a couple of…Read more »
Picture this: you’re out in the woods. You find a maple tree. It’s a species you can confidently identify, it’s not too far from the path, and it has clean, healthy leaves. Or in other words, it’s perfect for clipping off a branch for leaf samples. There’s just one problem… all the branches are at…Read more »
A brief update in which I explain why the blog has been a bit slow recently and hint at what’s coming up this week.
Half of this field work is finding the right trees. But how do I tell which tree is which?
Weekly recap #2, from the week of June 4 to 8. I collected 45 new samples and practiced my tree identification on over 10 species.
The blog’s first anecdotal woods adventure story: I did something really stupid today in the name of collecting leaf samples from eastern cottonwood.
Research methods post #1: what’s in this field biology student’s backpack? Clippers, field guides, tree hugging, and more.