All-team gathering in Minneapolis

So we are back in Minneapolis. We finished our posters and papers. I can’t wait to go back to Puerto Rico.

The pics are from our visit to the Port Wing Boreal Forest with the teachers participating in the Rivers2Lake program.

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AVS= Success

Today, we did Acid Volatile Sulfide for sediment samples from Big Rice Lake (2), Twin Lakes and Sand River! This is Josh’s setup- adapted from previous SOPs. When all four stations are going, all the beakers are bubbling, and it looks like we are doing some mad science. We haven’t analyzed the data yet, but it’s looking like our method works and our prep yesterday paid off! Stay tuned for our results!

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I Had a Visitor!

My dad came to visit me for the weekend. I took him to many of the places I had been over the past couple months- Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, the National Bison Range, Glacier National Park, Missoula, and Polson. He also was able to spend some time meeting my advisors and seeing what I have been doing for the past couple of months. I think the thing he was most excited about was seeing a bear in the wild, an event which he had a much more positive reaction to than I did.

Team Stream Update <3

Last week, Team Stream went out and collected another round of sediment and water samples for analysis, as well as downloading surface and groundwater data from our instruments. This week is all about running as many of my analyses as possible so I have some good data for my paper and poster. Unfortunately, we’ve had a few snaffus with instruments, so tomorrow is going to be a long day running AVS, sediment iron extractions, and hopefully, cations! The next day should be anions and phosphate for our new samples, and then hopefully, if we have time, head to the other campus and gas chromatography to get aqueous sulfide in porewater samples. All these values are super helpful to build a story about why wild rice is so sparse on Big Rice Lake, so the more I have, the better!

Enjoy some pretty pics from the last few weeks- getting excited to finish up stuff and see everyone here in the cities next week! Good luck with the final push, everyone!

another week, another visit to Glacier

I’ve been steadily finishing my work this week and I’m feeling very prepared and excited to come to Minneapolis next week. I was very happy to leave my power point and excel spreadsheets at home yesterday and join Rachel and her dad at Glacier for a couple new hikes. In the first photo you can see that Rachel joined a small herd of Big-horned sheep. We tried to scare them off but they wouldn’t budge, so they joined us for a good portion of our hike along the Highline Trail!!