Another Week Passed

This passed week Team Zaagi’igan officially deployed our peepers! (passive samplers.)


Now they will be left to equilibrate for the next few weeks before we go back to collect them. So excited to start working with Fond Du Lac this upcoming week.

This weekend Anjelica and I went to the Rhubarb festival and finally did some good exploring around Duluth. I’m in love with Lake Superior.

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The first wetland

Ailsa and I out on the boat

Ailsa and I out on the canoe

Watching the canoe anxiously while it slides on the roof

We got to go on our first field trip to the wetland last week. Ailsa and I took the canoe out to collect samples of vegetation/depth/water chemistry out in open water. The canoeing was great! The problem was transporting it.

Gaining a cultural perspective


On Thursday our supervisor Janene took all of team SPAW to visit with the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee to gain a better understanding of tribal culture. We spoke with the director of the committee Antoine Incashola and talked briefly about what kind of projects we were doing. Team SPAW is going to implement some form of tribal culture into are papers since we are working on the Flathead Reservation.

today we flood

The outdoor stream lab is flooded now. There are several people out there taking different readings of things like velocity, depths, phosphorus levels, and others.

This is what is going on outside.

DSCN0332I am the assistant photographer.

But mainly I am doing the background readings on my topic of the endangered Topeka shiner and the impacts of barriers in their passage. The barriers in our study are culverts which can be made of corrugated metal tubes or concrete barrels . This is a photo of a double barrel culvert at the first site we visited.2015_REU 004

The Struggle

Mixed bediris in the natural habitatthe set up

Above is the mixed particles,. Next, it is Iris’s priceless expression when the experiment failed once again. Last, the recording set-up.

Yesterday the group ran mixed experiments. After one successful run, everything after that did not go so smoothly. The second experiment was set up as before , but this time, the flume could not be raised at 23 degrees before the bed started collapsing . We reran the experiment over 10 times , but we were not successful. On the last try, the group decided to add the excess to the already raised flume; we finally managed to release the supply, but unfortunately the data from this run was not saved.

Basically , the universe was against us.



This is Dan one of TEAM SPAW’S trusty drivers.  He also happens to be a math professor :(.  Anyway, Dan decided to give me a hand by holding my multi-parameter probe in the water at the outlet canal  of the Kicking Horse Reservoir  for 5 minutes! While I took a sample of the water to test the turbidity.  He doesn’t know that he was doing the hard work ;).