Essentially, my job is to hug trees. I love it! In the video I show what I do for my research. I repeat this for hundreds of trees!
Finding the tree’s diameter at breast height (DBH) is a standard, important measurement in forestry and ecology research. Just by taking that number along with the tree species name, I can calculate how much space each species occupies in the total area, how dense the forest is with each species, and how frequently each species occurs. I can also determine which trees are most important, along with the forest’s diversity, age, and disturbance history.
I will be analyzing my data this fall. For now, I’m focusing on hugging the Great Trinity Forest trees in all my sample plots.