Pinole Interns: Soil Scientists in Training

Spring activities are picking up for Pinole interns! In just under a month, Pinole interns will be presenting their GLOBE research projects at the annual GLOBE Student Research Symposium. This year’s SRS will be hosted virtually, but data collection has resumed in-person. In the past month, Pinole interns have been diligent about collecting soil quality data. Below you can see interns completing soil fertility tests to measure levels of macronutrients including nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.

Pinole interns follow GLOBE Pedosphere protocols when collecting soil samples. Several students on the team are investigating the relationship between soil quality and tree height for the California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)–a tree commonly found in Contra Costa County. To measure tree height, interns use the “Trees” tool on the GLOBE Observer App.

As they wrap up data collection, the team will soon start to begin the next steps of their data analyses. Stay tuned to learn more about their GLOBE projects!

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