Summer forest research begins
Today marks the first day of summer research! Bob Mason, my undergraduate research assistant, and I went up to the LUEF today to start re-establishing the boundaries of the forest. We also cored 10 trees that fell last fall during the intense winds and rain of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012.
While traipsing about in the forest, we found a mislabeled tree from last semester–definitely a maple, but not a sugar maple, as it had been labeled under. It looks like it might be a sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), with its serrated edges and small, acute-angled semaras. If so, that’s another invasive species to look out for in the LUEF.