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A Standardized Photographic Guide to Woody Plant Spring Phenology

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A Standardized Photographic Guide to Woody Plant Spring Phenology was developed under Prof Lizzie Wolkovich's Temporal Ecology Lab at Harvard University. I created the guide as a visual rubric for measuring the growth stages of 31 woody plant species, from bud dormancy to leaf-out.

While Research Assistant for the Temporal Ecology Lab's Common Garden Project, I was tasked with measuring the morphology of roughly 35 woody species while they formed their spring leaves within our growth chamber treatments. Previously published rubrics conveyed these changes as mere illustrations and tables, like Finn et al.'s. I found them difficult to understand and, while recording over 40,000 morphological measurements for Common Garden, I knew a better—and more beautiful—rubric could facilitate the work.

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I used my Tom camera rail system to maximize the number of photographs I could take across these various species in a single growth chamber. Combining computation, mechanical engineering, plant science, and media production has since led me to MIT Media Lab. It's an ideal place for such a constellation of disciplines.

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The guide has been published on KNB. A selection will also be on display as a photo exhibiton at the Arnold Arboretum in 2018. Stay posted. Below is a brief selection of samples for quick viewing.

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Fraxinus nigra stage 01

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Fraxinus nigra stage 07

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Fraxinus nigra stage 10

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Lyonia ligustrina stage 01

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Myrica gale stage 01

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Myrica gale stage 65

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Prunus pensylvanica stage 10

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Quercus rubra stage 11

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Rhamnus frangula stage 51

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Tilia americana stage 00

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Viburnum cassinoides stage 11

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Viburnum cassinoides stage 15

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Viburnum cassinoides stage 92

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Viburnum lantanoides stage 19

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iburnum lantanoides stage 55

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