We are a group of freshwater ecologists from the Biology Department at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota studying the effect of temperature and nutrient availability on metabolism and nitrogen fixation in geothermally active streams in the Hengill region of Iceland. This is a collaborative research effort with our partners from Montana State University, the University of Alabama, the University of Iceland, and the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries in Iceland. See links to our collaborators labs below.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
|Hengill Valley, Iceland|
|Photo by Jim Hood. Experiment where we are warming |
a cold stream to 5 different temperatures, while also adding
nitrogen to some to see how the algal communities respond.
All using geothermal heat!
|Checking out the N-fixers in one of our warm streams with|
Jill and Abbi.
We will start that part of our work next week.
Monday, June 8, 2015
|Greenland comes into view.|
We have a great team here this year from St. Kate's, Montana State University, and the University of Alabama, and I am really excited to work with such an energetic and dedicated crew. We have some big experiments in front of us and more troubleshooting to do following the long winter, but, I look forward to the greening of the landscape that is starting to emerge, as well as the explosion of cotton grass, and the upcoming results of our work. It is going to be a great summer.
|Hengill Valley - home away from home.|
Friday, June 5, 2015
|Delor and Jim tinkering with the temperatures |
in the header tanks that feed water to the channels.
|Bree hiking close to the channel experiment site. |
While the landscape is still a bit brown and snowy,
the hot pots are steamy!
|View of Reykjavik from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja.|
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Exploring the Old Harbor in Reykjavik
and taking in the views of the mountains.
Waiting to get picked up at Reykjavik
This summer I will also have my first international travel experience outside of the United States. In preparation for the trip, I applied for my first passport and my first stamp will be from Iceland! This summer I will learn to adapt very quickly to a new style of living along with the weather, people, environment, and attempt to sleep in the land of the midnight sun. I am so excited for this opportunity, which will allow me to experience a part of the world that I would otherwise not have had a chance to visit. Since I know I will have so many more first experiences in Iceland, I look forward to sharing my collection of firsts when we arrive in the beautiful country! Wish us luck as we embark on a thrilling and intense summer of research, laughter, hard work, fun, and adventure!