Journal of Undergraduate Research


mountain hemlock, pacific northwest climate, trees


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In July, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. NADEF organizes the attendees into five different groups to undergo specific research projects all having to do with tree rings. My group, the intro group, hiked to the southern side of the park, assembled a chronology of mountain hemlock trees (Tsuga mertensiana), and observed notable attributes of the collected data. Because the fieldweek lasted only seven days, our research was minimal, which was why I applied for an ORCA grant in order to take the research to the next level. With the extra funds and time, I sought to do a climatic analysis using tree rings on mountain hemlock trees in the Pacific Northwest, with hopes to come to conclusions based on my findings.