Last week the lab ventured into the wilderness that is Somerset County for a soil sampling expedition. In total, we came in with six people and two augers and after an intense three days we returned with a ~hundred bags of soil, more than fifty chigger bites collectively (although Kate got the worst of it), and a deep appreciation for air conditioning. A lot of planning, coordination, and hard work went into collecting these data points, but still Reviewer 3 is hard to please when it comes to sample size. Up until this trip I had not really put much thought into how the soil I have been running extractions on was collected. But now working with a sample from initial collection to data processing and graphing really adds a new depth (horizon?) of understanding.
Some highlights from the trip:
Overall, great experience but just another day in the office for the AgroEcoLab!
-By Tony Pham (visiting intern from Boston University)
Dr. Kate Tully
Kate is an Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Maryland.
Briana is a MS student in AgroEcoLab and studies how cover crop management affects weed suppression and nutrient cycling.
Dani is a PhD student in the AgroEcoLab and studies the effects of sea level rise on coastal farming communities and estuarine biogeochemistry.
Resham is a PhD student in the AgroEcoLab and studies how to improve water and nutrient use efficiency in cover crop systems.