Internship Program Reports

Internship Program Reports

 

The Morris Arboretum internship program provides hands-on experience and an education that prepares interns for careers in public gardens and related fields. Year-long, full-time internships are offered in the following areas: arborist, education, flora of Pennsylvania, horticulture, natural lands, plant protection, rose and flower, and urban forestry.

Each intern completes an independent study project that is geared towards advancing his or his career development and the Arboretum's mission. Each project consists of an oral presentation and a written report. Towards the conclusion of the internship program, all independent study projects are presented to the Arboretum staff.

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Submissions from 2020

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A Gap Analysis of the Morris Arboretum Hydrangea Collection: Sections Asperae and Chinensis, Emily Conn

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Enhancing Invertebrate Habitat on the Intensive Green Roof, Nate Flicker

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Design and Reinstallation of Two Rose Garden Beds at the Morris Arboretum, Eloise Gayer

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Leveraging Herbarium Records for a Niche Analysis of Ripariosida hermaphrodita (L.) Weakley & B. D. Poind. (Virginia mallow), Dominique Jeton Groffman

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Protecting Tree Roots at the Morris Arboretum, Alex Gunstensen

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What’s the Catch? Collateral Mortality of Spotted Lanternfly Sticky Banding, Luke Hearon

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Analyzing Leaf Litter and Soil Health at the University of Pennsylvania, Eliza Nobles

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Tree Re-use at the University of Pennsylvania: Establishing A Re-utilization Program, Eliza Nobles

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Engaging With the Morris Arboretum's Japanese Gardens, Alessandra Rella

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Evaluation and Recommendations for the Widener Wooded Path, Caitlyn Rodriguez

Submissions from 2019

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Preserving Place at the Morris Arboretum: A Landscape Management Plan for the Historic Intern House Garden and Hillcrest Building, Kristiana Bowman

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Evaluation of the Crabapple (Malus) Collection and Assessment of the Crabapple Slope, Micah Christensen

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“Your Guide to Tree Adventure”: Interpretive Panel and Guidebook Design, Emily Clarke

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Establishing a Baseline Plant Species Inventory Within the Penn’s Woods Deer Exclosure, Mike Cranney

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Identification Protocol and Management Strategies of Plant Pathogens in the Morris Arboretum Greenhouse, Vincent Galatolo

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Pests of Woody Landscape Plants: An Integrated Pest Management Scouting Guide, Jennifer Klimowicz

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Lean on Me: Recommendations for Heritage Tree Support at the Morris Arboretum, Daniel Sax

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Watch It! I’m Growing Here: Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations of the University of Pennsylvania’s Street Tree Surface Treatments, Amanda Wood

Submissions from 2018

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Fernery Interpretation Redesign: Highlighting Morris Arboretum’s Collection, Jennie Ciborowski

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An Evaluation and Interpretation of the Roses in the Rose Garden, Erin Conley

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The Historical Phytogeography of Cirsium arvense, An Invasive Species in Pennsylvania, Janet K. Mansaray

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Garden Railway ‘Foyer’ Redesign, Jennifer Monico

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What is a Tree Worth? An Appraisal of the University of Pennsylvania’s Tree Population, Eric Moore

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An Insect Community Study of the Morris Arboretum Green Roof, Samantha Nestory

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Testing Biological Controls for Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a Serious Pest of the Morris Arboretum Greenhouse Complex, Amanda Quadrel

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Index of Invasiveness of Cultivars of Acer palmatum, Wayne Schmitt

Submissions from 2017

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Evaluation and Assessment of Rose Health in the Rose Garden, Tess Adgie

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Paper Mill Run Riparian Zone Management Plan and Partial Restoration, Kevin Brown

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Interpretation in the Natural Areas: Enhancing the Visitor Experience, Alexandra Correia-Sareyka

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Plastome Assembly in the Wax Plants (Hoya) and Near Relatives (Marsdenieae, Apocynaceae), Trista Crook

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Management of the Viburnum Leaf Beetle at the Morris Arboretum, Anna Giesmann

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Evaluation and Recommendations for a Portion of the East Brook, Erin Holiman

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Assessment and Review of the Morris Arboretum Magnolia Collection, Jehane Samaha

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Bloomfield Farm Rain-Garden Redesign, Elizabeth D. Trout

Submissions from 2016

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To Speak for the Trees: A Self-Guided Arboriculture Tour at Morris Arboretum, Joshua Best

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A Proactive Pest Control Calendar and Rearing Beneficial Insects, Victoria Bolden

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Redesign of the Rose Garden Terminus Garden, Maya Czulewicz

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Advancing the Garden: Parking Lot Plan Planting Plan, Paige Ida

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Groff Memorial Park Meadow Design and Management Plan, Trish Kemper

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Fostering Family Engagement at the Morris Arboretum, Pilar Rivera

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Ground Cover Restoration in the Michaux Quercetum, Willa Rowan

Submissions from 2015

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Creating ArcGIS Story Maps of the Morris Arboretum: Mapping People, Plants, and Place, Corey Bassett

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Rain Garden Revitalization at Bloomfield Farm, Anna Bower

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Fungal and Bacterial Communities of Woody Plants at the Morris Arboretum, Jacob Golan

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Tree Management and Circulation in an Underused Section of the Natural Lands at the Morris Arboretum, Aaron Greenberg

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Creating an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program for the Marion Rivinus Rose Garden at the Morris Arboretum, Jennifer J. Lauer

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Identification and Biological Control of Top Pests and Diseases in the Morris Arboretum Greenhouse Complex, Danielle N. Novick

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An Expanded Approach to ‘Garden Etiquette’ at Morris Arboretum, Claire Sundquist

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Making Improvements in the Morris Arboretum’s Compost, Lauren Weeks

Submissions from 2014

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Weed Identification and Management at the Morris Arboretum, Emma Erler

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Three Year Strategic Plan for the Urban Forestry Consultants and School of Arboriculture, Andrew Kirkpatrick

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Member Retention through Continuing Education, Stephanie Kuniholm

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Resource Recovery Plan for Parker’s Pipewort ( Eriocaulon parkeri B.L. Rob) in Pennsylvania, Alexandra Seglias

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Resource Recovery Plan: Bidens bidentoides, A Rare Pennsylvania Plant, Chelsea Smith

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Review and Propagation of the Holly Slope, Laura Sweeney

Submissions from 2013

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Natural Lands Management and Stewardship Plan for Harriet Wetherill Park in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Rebekah Armstrong

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Compost Program at Morris Arboretum, Jamie Berlin

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More Kids in the Woods: Morris Arboretum as Outdoor Laboratory, Sarah Bolivar

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The Morris Arboretum Quercus Collection: Unearthing the Michaux Quercetum, Jessamine Finch

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Fernery Website Update: A Guide to the Ferns in the Fernery, Stephen Pyne

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Reading the Cookie: A Study of Tree Anatomy, Physiology and Wood, Fabrice Rochelemagne

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From Past to Future: Revitalization of the Pollination/Meadow Garden and a Site Assessment for the Baxter Memorial, Heather Schmidt

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A Comparison of Extant Vegetation to the Soil Seed Bank in the Natural Lands Section of the Morris Arboretum, Emma C. Williams

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The Philly Bee’s Stake in Pollination: The Bees of Philadelphia, Stephanie Wilson

Submissions from 2012

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Reinterpreting the Virtual Visitor Experience of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Fernery, Joshua Darfler

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Foundation for the Expansion of Botany Education at the Morris Arboretum, Ariel Dreyfus

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Building a Rain Garden to Address Stormwater Management in the English Park Section of the Morris Arboretum, Lauren Fine

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Morris Arboretum Nursery Trial: A Study of Rose Care Treatment, Prima Hutabarat

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Incentivizing Conservation in the Mid-Atlantic States and Beyond: An assessment of Conservation Strategies for Private Landowners, Breck Miller

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An Analysis of Local Honey: Foraging Effects and Colony Fitness of Philadelphia (Apis Mellifera L.), Charlie Nicholson

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The Edible Woody Plants of Morris Arboretum, Lauren Pongan

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Springfield Township Tree Canopy Study, Nina Safavi

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From the Canopy: An Arborist’s Perspective, Daniel Weitoish

Submissions from 2011

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Morris Arboretum Green Roof Evolution Tracking, Grace Asperin

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Morris Arboretum Emerald Ash Borer Plan: Planning for the Imminent Arrival of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) and its effect on Fraxinus spp;, Rebecca Bakker

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Managing the Health of Hemlocks at the Morris Arboretum, Tracy K. Beerley

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Redesign of the Orange Balustrade, Carolyn J. Catani

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Practical and Innovative: A Design for a New Field Nursery at the Morris Arboretum, Danica Doroski

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Education Updates on the Website, Sara Levin

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Wakefield Estate Arboretum Development Plan, Deborah Merriam

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Arboriculture Education: Extending 5 Seconds of Curiosity to 5 Minutes of Discovery, Bryan Thompson-Nowak

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Tracking Trends in Pollination Rates Over Time Using Herbarium Specimens of Asclepias Syriaca (Common Milkweed), Teresa A. Trego

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Sacred Sites of the Morris Arboretum, Shea Zwerver

Submissions from 2010

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Veteran Tree Management Strategies at the Morris Arboretum, Daniel Patrick Church

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Attracting Pollinators to the Meadow Garden, Claire Collie

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Propagation of Ferns by Spore, Marion Holmes

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Installation and Planting Design of The Penn’s Woods Native Plant Restoration Project Below the Out On A Limb Canopy Walk, Kimberly Ollerich

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Designing the Green Roofs of the New Horticultural Center, Sarah Presogna

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A Summer Adventure – Research, Development, and Implementation of a Summer Youth Program at the Morris Arboretum, Rebekka Schultz

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Vascular Flora and Community Assemblages of Delhaas Woods, A Coastal Plain Forest in Bucks County, Lauren Spitz

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Feasibility Study of Enhanced Arboricultural Education at the Arboretum, David D. Tukey

Submissions from 2009

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Bloomfield Farm Land Use Plan, Louise D. Clarke

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Urban Forestry Workshops for Elementary School Teachers, Lois E. Gundrum

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Proposed Status Change for Symphyotrichum dumosum (L.) G.L.Nesom in the State of Pennsylvania, Sara M. Helm

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Preemptive Harvest: Early Collection and Germination in Doubly Dormant and Recalcitrant Seeds, Jeremy Jungels

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Highlighting Chinese Plants in the Morris Arboretum, Yan Liu

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Heartwood vs. Discolored Wood: An Observation, Rebecca J. Meager

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Creating a Unified Landscape for the Widener Visitor’s Center, M. E. Speller

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Tree Adventure Passport - A Family Activity Guide, Steven A. Wright

Submissions from 2008

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The Morris Arboretum Entrance: A New Landscape Design, Sarah V. Martin