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Lab-Field-Office - Part 3

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Not all goes as planned.

As I discussed in my last post, by June I had started to collect lichen samples in order to investigate their recovery in heathlands. This process is simple. You go to a heathland site with some pots, scissors and gloves. After eventually finding a patch of lichen, you carefully cut off a small sample and put it in a pot to take back to the lab.

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Lab-Field-Office Part 2

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

The Thesis Begins

By May I was well into the second year of my project. The ultimate aims of a PhD are to produce new science, perhaps publish the data, and to produce a thesis for me to defend in a room full of experts at the end of the three years. The thesis will be a huge body of work, so it's best to start it earlier rather than later.

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Lab-Field-Office Part 1

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

The varied life of a scientist

The end of my second year has passed, the third and final year of my PhD has begun. Time has flown by for two reasons: it's been extremely fun and rewarding, but also extremely busy. There is little time to take stock. My next few blog posts will summarise my experience as a scientist over the past six months.

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Harvesting Complete

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

All 514 seedlings have been harvested.

It took a good week or so to separate all the seedlings from the soil, dry them in an oven to remove the water, and then to weigh them.

It looks like the initial results are OK; there is some relationship between plant size and nitrogen deposition. However, there are still a great many factors that need to be included in the analysis which could explain the differences in plant size.

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