I took General Botany, Plant Systematics, and Plant Physiology. I am currently enrolled in General Ecology. I have basic knowledge of plant identification including leaf structure, leaf arrangement, and leaf shapes (i.e., leafstalk, leaf node, opposite leaves, whorled leaves, alternate leaves, simple leaves, compound leaves, obovate leaves, elliptic leaves,, etc. . .); fruit morphology and identification (i.e., ability to differentiate between pomes, berries, drupes, ect. . .); and flower morphology, identification, and arrangements ( i.e., gynoecium and androecium flower organs, flower notation formulas, inflorescences, ect. . .). I did a 40 hour internship at Trail of Tears State Park, then I switched it to 20 hours. I kept a record of Obolaria virginica in four separate plots. Each plot measured 50 x 50 meters. I constructed six meter transects, each randomly assigned at the edges of each plot. Plants that fell within six inches of each six meter transect was counted. After a specific amount of data was collected, I then typed a research paper on my findings and sent it to Steve Schell at Trail of Tears State Park. I am also employed at Trail of Tears State Park as Trail Maintenance. I am on the trails anywhere from 2 hours to several hours. I can stand the different types of weather associated with working on the trails along with the rugged terrain and insects. I am good at learning about how plants and animals interact with their environments. I am good at identifying plants not only because of the courses and training that I acquired, but also because its a hobby I do in my free time. I will hopefully be working more at Trail of Tears State Park this spring or summer to help with exotic species spraying, increasing my knowledge and experience of the botanical world of plants. I have asked them to keep me up-to-date on the exotic species spraying. I have also made contact with Dr. Allan J. Bornstein and have asked him if I could help with any plant collections this spring, again increasing my knowledge and experience of the botanical world. Other work experience includes restaurant work at the Candlelight Inn in New Melle (now out of business) and custodial work at the Wentzville School District.
I Helped the Missouri Department of Natural Resources understand Obolaria virginica's distribution and abundance better.
My job as trail maintenace was to keep the trails clean. I cleared the trails of debris such as branches and overhanging limbs and overgrown vegetation. I also kept some of the camp sites clear of debris. I also would pick up trash on the trails and around the camp sites. I would hike rugged trails for hours a day clearing trails and weed whacking. Some of the trails circled an entire camp site, 3 miles in diameter. Some trails would circle parts of the park in a four or five mile diameter. I have cleared almost every trail there.
I was on the deans list two semesters in a row.
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