Fieldwork began in June for the Interior Alaska project looking at impacts of increased fire frequency and climate change on boreal forests. Shelby spent the month collecting vegetation data in upland black spruce forests with Dr. Brian Buma (Univ. Colorado-Denver) and Katherine Hayes (PhD student at Univ. Colorado-Denver). As of today, Shelby finished her work in the field and will be working at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis until she starts her PhD program at PSU in September.