REU Blog

Posted on August 10, 2014 - 21:12 by Pairsa Belamaric

Hello again!

Much has happened, and many hours have been spent in the field and lab since my last update. 

Posted on August 7, 2014 - 13:48 by Matthew Murphy

Hello again! A lot has happened since the last blog I posted, ranging from the work I have done for my project to life in general in Chicago. At first, I was intimidated by the massive size of Chicago. But now, I really don't mind the city life. There is always something to do, and I actually like the idea of getting around by public transportation.

Posted on August 6, 2014 - 22:09 by Rosalba Herrera

Hi everyone! The final stage of this research experience is here. I hope you have enjoyed these weeks as much as I have. Let the countdown begin!

Posted on August 5, 2014 - 22:37 by Maureen Page

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe how quickly the past eight weeks have passed. I'm also amazed that my fellow Team Echinacea crew members and I have had such great successes with our group and individual projects.

Here is just one of the many fun group projects I’ve been able to help out with:

Posted on August 5, 2014 - 00:51 by Benjamin Sanchez-Sedillo

To have complete understanding of the carbon cycle we must observe all sources and every flow of carbon. A vital step in carbon cycling comes from the degradation of biopolymers. Such biopolymers include cellulose, chitin, and lignin. These molecules are degraded by specialized enzymes excreted by organisms, most importantly fungi and bacteria.

Posted on July 31, 2014 - 21:44 by Allison Brackley

It’s already week eight in the internship, and the time has flown by! I have been working with Christopher Warneke and Kayri Havens-Young to investigate the impact of invasive and biocontrol weevils on Cirsium pitcheri, a threatened plant which is native to the dunes around Lake Michigan. 

Posted on July 30, 2014 - 19:29 by Lisa Hintz

Local adaptation, gene flow, maternal effects, genetic drift, inbreeding depression. These are just a few of the population concepts that I have been reading up on in the literature in order to really understand the potential implications of my project's results. I can’t wait to crunch my numbers and interpret this mountain of data.

Posted on July 26, 2014 - 17:03 by Kevin Cheng

Hello again! We are now at week 7, and there is certainly good news to proclaim. After weeks of pipetting, prepping PCR plates, pouring gels, and running gel electrophoresis, the troubleshooting process is for the most part over!

Posted on July 26, 2014 - 16:28 by Linsey Nowack

Last week, the Botanic Garden's Paleobotany team returned to the Field Museum for one last session with the Scanning Electron Microscope. We use the SEM in order to take detailed photographs of lignite leaves and charcoal wood. Before they are placed in the SEM, the samples are coated in a thin layer of gold in order to reduce charging.

Posted on July 22, 2014 - 21:16 by Jeremy Sutherland