Started to work on my poster this past week. I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. Nervous and excited about everything that I am doing but feel as though I am quickly running out of time. Just got to stay ahead and keep working hard. Also excited that I am almost finally done… Read More

This entire week, Katy and I have been adapting a deep convolutional neural network (DCNN) to be trained with our data (lots and lots of drone images of the Chalk Cliffs catchment). Yesterday evening, I set the script to run 300 epochs (which means it’s running through its training process with the data 300 times)… Read More

So much time in the field this week! After spending a windy / rainy Monday setting traps on the West Knoll of Niwot Ridge, we had our hands full of pikas on the first day of trapping season! I learned how to assemble and position traps in the field yesterday, which involves a lot of… Read More

This week was chock full of things! I finally inoculated my chemostat and didn’t kill them. I also got started on setting up a second one. Pictures speak better than words here. The chemostat on the right is the first test chamber and the one on the left Is the second one that I almost… Read More

This week, we travelled to Wyoming and Montana to take samples at nine sites along the Powder River. We drove 1992 Suburban down and stayed in three different towns while we were there: Kaycee Wyoming, Buffalo Wyoming, and Broadus Montana. All of these places were very rural and it was hard to avoid any meat… Read More

This was a busy field week. We spent a lot of time up at Niwot taking phenological data at our sites. We have found a considerable amount of flower buds, which is exciting! Also, this week was a lot of prep for RMBL. I spent some time figuring out how much reagent we will need… Read More

As I realize how quick this internship is passing, I am doing my best to keep up with it. We designed our first figure of the final poster this past week, which was really cool. This week, I will start to be putting together my powerpoint presentation (what I can at least) and continue to… Read More

After days of annotating images of the debris flow site at Chalk Cliffs, I finally got to visit for myself! To beat the afternoon storms, Katy, Jess, and I got a 5 AM start, piled our packs into the Subaru, and started down to Buena Vista, Colorado. With drone and batteries in tow, we made… Read More

My project is rockin and rollin. Overnight at the Tundra Lab was super fun and surprisingly warm! The team and I dug a 10ft deep snow pit, and completed multiple surveys. I am finally comfortable with the site and my specific points of interest to where I am independently working along the GPR (ground penetrating… Read More

Spent so much time in the field this week! Finally got out to a few of my plots up on the ridge, visited some of Ashley’s sites, and got to bask in the rambunctious presence of sooooo many pikas! Collected some occupancy data at three, but the majority are still under snowpack. I even had… Read More