To learn more about this opportunity or any of the other citizen science voluteering opportunities going on at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, please contact Alison Cawood by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (443-482-2271).
In 2013, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) began an experiment, called BiodiversiTREE, to better understand how biodiversity shapes forest. The experiment is expected to run for more than 100 years.
Currently, we need help from volunteers to collect soil samples to better understand how different trees are impacting their environments. We're going to be collecting some soil samples from all of the 75 plots of trees at BiodiversiTREE to better understand how differences in the soil are impact tree growth. The work will involve using steel rings and trowels to remove a circle of soil from each plot so that we can dry them, weigh them, can compare them back at the lab.
We plan to do morning and afternoon shifts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 2-4. We hope to finish most of the work on Monday and Tuesday, so volunteers on Wednesday may be helping with lab work rather than helping in the field.