My research will continue as planned. Samples from each of the four field sites need to be collected on a weekly basis. In addition, physical parameter measurements at the sites need to be taken on a weekly basis. This sequential addition of data displays concentration and discharge correlations over the 9-week period. In addition, it… Read More


I have officially finished all the wet lab work needed to answer the questions that were presented at the beginning of this summer.  All that work, 7 weeks of lab work, for 2mL of pure bacterial DNA. I pulled 12 hour days in the lab to get to here. I don’t want to let go.… Read More


Update: Things got super awesome today. My project has taken some new direction, but it’s really exciting! Something’s going on with this data, and I think we’ve got some good stuff up our sleeves… I’m getting really excited to present, actually. Does that mean I’ll actually breathe during my talk? Probably not, but at least… Read More


I had a blast making this recent graph which is my own pursuit (not requested by my mentor), and it does  a great job of physically showing 3 variables (time, wind direction, and particle number). The plot however required turning date, and wind direction into factors, and also cutting part of the wind data set… Read More


With only two weeks left of the RECCS program it’s crunch time and all of the interns around Boulder are feeling the heat. Speaking of heat, my project has taken a significant turn and I have found temperature data and images that I had previously overlooked and is now the focal point of my research.… Read More


My remaining weeks will be spent pulling together data from a less sensitive global climate model and comparing it to the warm/wet model that my started with as well as juggling a poster project, setting up a presentation  and trying to find a place to live in Greeley to start at UNC! I feel like… Read More


Before engaging in this research experience, I had little understanding of the physics, chemistry, and overall ecology of fresh water and inland systems such as streams and lakes. I had no idea what limnology was or how it related to my personal life. I also had limited understanding of the standard field and lab methods… Read More


This week I successfully carried out my tasks. My physical fitness is improving, as I am required to hike 10 or more miles with heavy equipment and gear when conducting fieldwork. This time my overall measurement techniques and use of the equipment improved. Using the flow meter with the tape measure allowed more effective measurement… Read More