One of the many gratifying aspects of the RECCS program is being able to learn and work outside. Measuring sediment sizes has been very enjoyable, almost therapeutic, and educational. It’s been fun getting some real field research experience.… Read More

July 10th, 2016 This week we worked on importing the primer plate barcode data into the RECCS mapping file using Rstudio, making an OTU table from the sequencing data using Unix, performing a Bray-Curtis and PCOA statistical analysis on all the plate data, and performing a Kruskal Wallis statistical analysis of the PMA samples data.… Read More

My name is Sean Ross, and I’m a student at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood. This research project has been an amazing experience and I’m still floored that I was selected! I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at the lovely Boulder Creek Granodiorite in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. My project was inspired by the… Read More

Last week I collected field data at Chalk Creek with my mentor and a research scientist from the United States Geological Survey. Each of us worked on our own separate projects, but throughout the day we all helped with each other’s research. It was really cool to see how scientists collaborate and share data, while… Read More

This three day weekend couldn’t have happened at a more needed time if it was planned. Maybe it was…I still ended up in Boulder all weekend, but it was for a Dead show at Folsom Field…so, not really work related. I needed a little break from the screen…still loving the opportunity…and really syncing up with… Read More

This week I scraped all of soil bacteria off of the agar plates, extracted DNA from the samples, prepped and put the gDNA samples through PCR, checked the PCR results using gel electrophoresis, put another set of gDNA samples through another round of PCR, combined all of the resulting amplicons and prepped them for sequencing,… Read More

Here are a couple of field pics from the Boulder Creek CZO Gordon Gulch site. The first picture is of Jesse wading in a cold marsh looking for our plot stakes. The second picture is of the hemispherical camera we use to take canopy shots. It’s tricky to get it level in some spots!… Read More

June 26th, 2016 This week I extracted DNA from PMA treated soil solutions, ran two rounds of PCR for the PMA treated soil DNA and two rounds of gel electrophoresis, trained on using Unix and RStudio software, and trained on processing sequencing data. In the communication workshop I learned how to write and include the… Read More