|Alex Porter out in the field.|
Here is what Alex Porter had to say about her experience:
I helped and with a prairie research team for two days. We were doing plant species counting in experimental plots of prairie. The goal was to track an invasive plant, and what conditions it thrived in. The other SIFTer and I were recording what plants the scientists found in the plot. The scientists would choose a random spot in the plot, then throw down a PVC pipe square. They would tell us the plant’s name, and what percent it took up, and we would write that down on a checklist. After a while I could recognize the names of some of the more common plants in the plots. Doing each plot took some time, but it was fun and I enjoyed doing it.
|Technician and former SIFTer/TERFer Alex Samuels (left) and SIFTer Peter Volmert (right) take a break from research to do battle.|