Now that we’ve finished all of the 2015 leaf litter samples and have our 2016 samples underway… we can work on soil samples again! We haven’t sorted roots in a long time.
Maria, one of our newest high school students, is working on a BEF 2015 soil sample.
After picking out the roots, they’re placed in a bowl of water to clean off soil.
Then, roots are sorted by size class. We use a caliper to measure the diameter of the roots.
This was a pretty big sample, so it’s going to take a couple more people to finish picking out roots.
Stay tuned to see what happens next time!