Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Good Morning day four!


I hope your week has been a productive one. We have been kept busy with research activities that have been varied and helpful to the scientists' progress with their experiments.

Yesterday, we sorted the leaves collected on Tuesday, organizing the leaves by species and sub-species. They will dry them, weigh them, and then use their formula to determine the amount of carbon held by the trees. I now can recognize a sycamore, sweet gum, beech, ironwood, hickory, and the variety of oaks with ease; too bad that we don't have trees like these in South Florida!

I have enjoyed walking in the forests with the scientists and becoming familiar with the research question and the chosen experimental design. The weather today is much warmer than previous days, and the view from the photo lab tower should be stunning!

I will post those photos later, maybe even some video of us on top of the tower... Have a great day, and keep the comments coming!


At December 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Daniel said...

These sunrises are incredible. Thank you for filming them for us!


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