Hello! My name is Abigail Poe, and I am from Natchitoches, LA. I attend Northwestern State University where I will be graduating summa cum laude this spring as a biology major with a concentration in biomedical sciences and minors in chemistry and Spanish. From performing experiments as a child to researching what makes the things around us tick, I have always been passionate about this field, so I wanted to continue studying it as an undergrad. At my university, I have been able share this interest with others as a teaching assistant for general biology and chemistry classes and as president of TriBeta Biology Honor Society by bringing in speakers and hosting workshops. I have also participated in undergraduate research through my department as well as a fellowship at LSUHSC in Shreveport, LA.
Last August, I began working at NCPTT as a materials conservation research intern. My project focuses on characterizing the effects of herbicides on historic stone and masonry materials. An earlier project here by Caitlin Oshida showed the destructive effects of using glyphosate-based herbicides, so I am investigating how alternative solutions impact these materials. These results will be used to develop recommendations for managing weeds and other vegetation without causing damage to surrounding historic features.
This internship has given me the opportunity to learn new lab skills like cutting samples with a power saw and using analytical instruments like the FTIR to analyze them. I have truly enjoyed learning about historic preservation, from the hands-on experience through my research as well as talking to other researchers and staff here who have shown me their work. I am grateful for this opportunity to be involved with this project and look forward to sharing the findings of it with y’all in the future!