SU-mmer Studies

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Syracuse University Campus. Photo by Jess Turner.

Welcome to the beautiful campus that is my new summer home: Syracuse University (SU). Situated on an enormous hill next to the basketball dome and College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) this campus practically gleams.

I can’t wait to move in! I’m not going to spill all the details of my study, but I can tell you I will be researching climate change through mercury levels in soil. The only problem is where to find a large supply of unbothered soil on a seasonal basis for testing. I am certainly not digging up the lush green lawns you see in these pictures. The research location closest to us is the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. See the video about the project here. There are 79 such forests and ranges in the US all owned by the USDA. To see all of the experimental forests, click here. There are some good links to research papers on the studies that have been carried out at these locations. Otherwise, you will be hearing from me again soon! I can’t wait to share my experiences as a Research Assistant at Syracuse University 🙂

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