Keeping you up to date on my research experiences, and my running adventures.
After much deliberation and careful consideration (hopefully enough), tree species were selected and the experimental design was agreed upon. The candidate tree species we decided upon are common to Western North America, and continental Europe in addition the United Kingdom.
After many hours of soil homogenization (aka A LOT of shoveling), and tons of great field assistance from Israel to ensure previous plants were fully removed from each soil bay, the Rhizotron was planted up and is ready to grow! Initial soil sampling is completed and I'm looking forward to watching these saplings put on some weight.
Here's an aerial view of one of the mixed-species soil bays- these little saplings are so cute, I just can't stop taking baby photos...
Relena is a forest ecologist and researches how trees and soils interact. She also likes to run through areas populated by trees.