Erik Alonso (Natural Resources Conservation)

Sally Aitken’s Forest Genetics Lab – Vancouver, BC
I spent my first co-op work term working as a research assistant in Sally Aitken’s Forest Genetics lab in the Faculty of Forestry, studying genetic adaptations of trees to climate and other environmental conditions. The workload was very versatile and I was tasked with a variety of things from lab and computer work, to growing and taking care of seedlings in a greenhouse and even doing some fieldwork around the province, phenotyping trees and collecting samples. It’s been an excellent opportunity to work with great, very knowledgeable people. This co-op position has allowed me to learn some of the ins and outs of research both out on the field and in a lab environment, which will undoubtedly be great for me moving forward in my degree and career.