SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Research, Research, Research!
Woods Hole continues to exceed my expectations. These past nine weeks with the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) have been fun, but very demanding: coring 30 centimeters (cm) of soil, hugging trees, and clipping vegetation. Not to mention, the bug bites! Regardless, this was the adventure I was seeking.
My summer research project was to produce a carbon inventory of the WHRC yard and forest which involved both lab and field work. During fieldwork, I collected live and dead biomass at six random sites in the yard using a circular plot to clip the biomass. I also collected soil samples in the front and back yard with a metal core to sample up to 30 cm.
The last part of my project involved tree hugging! I measured tree diameters to calculate stored carbon at six different sites. Each site took about two hours to complete, depending on tree density. I am currently in the process of uploading my data into excel, making plots on R, and analyzing the carbon and nitrogen composition in the lab. I can already see my progress and it makes me very proud!
I leave Woods Hole with many memories: a course on climate change, research in a new discipline that peaked my interest, Chief Student Scientist aboard the R/V Tioga, bird tagging with NOAA Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, graduate school discussions, meeting with scientists to talk about careers and graduate school, and more!
Thank you to my cohort, George Liles, Dr. Ambrose Jearld, Dr. Adrienne George, Dr. Ben Harden, Dr. Ben Guiterrez, and all of the staff and faculty for making PEP 2017 a wonderful experience.