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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's the little things

I love my job as an ecologist. I get to travel, conduct research, collaborate, all in the beauty of the landscape! However, my job, as with any job, isn't always a ray of sunshine. In fact, many times my job as a field ecologist brings extreme challenges and tedious tasks. For example, it can be really mentally and physically draining when you have an 8-10 hour field day with constant rain and winds. You get soaked, cold, and grumpy. It's in these moments where I remember to appreciate and find happiness in the little things. It's the little things that provide the extra boost of motivation to keep going. 

A chamber capped on the first try!

The perfect scoop of Nostoc!

An ARA balloon inflated just right!

Perfect parallel tape of a scintillation vial!
A good standard curve on the first try!
No algae in the MIMS samples!
Field chocolate ... field chocolate
The wind that blows away all the bugs!
1000 mL measured in a single pour!
The little sheep watching from the hill.

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