It's not actually madness in the lab right now. But we do have a few new things going on. Alex, a senior from Lake Forest College, starting working with us last week. He'll be analyzing the achenes from heads in our aphids experiment. If you recall, this is an experiment that Katherine began in 2011 that involved adding or excluding aphids from 100 plants in the common garden. We're interested if aphids have any effect on plant fitness and Alex will be looking at achene count and achene weight to see if there's a difference between plants in our addition or exclusion treatments. He just started randomly sampling 30 achenes for the weigh machine today!
In other news, we've got our volunteers hard at work cleaning and counting. We're still working on counts from 2011, BUT we're making progress.