November came and went. This month has been filled with less glamorous activities for me… not every month is full of international interviews! Honestly, most of my time has been spent entering and checking data from my summer field season. My advisor always says, “Garbage in, Garbage out,” as a reminder that if your data is incorrect, so is your science. I have been entering data about the leaf area for each of my several thousand plants that I am studying. As all of the stores already have Christmas stuff up, it is fitting that I am making my lists and checking them twice…. Santa gets the principles of accurate science.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am extremely thankful for all of the opportunities that my career has given me. It is a challenging, but rewarding, job. I am also thankful that I am a Botany in Action Fellow. I have learned so much from this fellowship, and I have met some amazing people through this program. I love Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to eating one of my favorite plants in the form of a pie (pumpkin pie!)
This is plant number 52 from my research. It was labeled with its number on a nail. Each year, I measure this same plant, count the number of leaflets, and I can track how this plant grows over time. This November, I have been checking to make sure the data I entered into the computer matches the data I measured in the field.
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