I am working with the Belowground Ecosystem Group (BEG) at UBC, which is a large and friendly group of enthusiastic ecologists, foresters, and soil scientists. I am looking forward to learning and sharing with my new collaborators over the next few months. This weekend I will be heading out to the field to collect my first Canadian soil samples, and to explore the more remote parts of British Columbia. Specifically I will be heading out to a long-term experimental forest with pure species plots. The main aim of my research here at UBC this summer is to determine differences in soil community, and ecosystem processes under different tree species grown in common garden settings. I will be using a variety of molecular and ecosystem ecology techniques to determine if tree species are influencing soil nutrient cycling within the experimental forests. I am excited to be working with the talented and varied BEG folks at UBC this summer. I will keep you posted on how the field work goes, and after sample processing is completed I look forward to sharing my results with you.