All summer long, Trout Lake Station outreach assistant, Ali Branscombe will be bringing you stories from the field. Join Ali as she follows researchers slogging through wetlands, boarding boats, and wrangling fish, bringing you – Limnology in Action.
Crawford hangs the flux chamber over the water.
It is a cold morning with scattered showers and random peeks of sunshine between the dark clouds. Despite this, and a bit of hail, John Crawford and his two undergraduate assistants, Alex Johnson and Nick Jordan, work quickly to set up their equipment next to the Trout River, pulling out trash bags and plastic to cover their machines.
“Its funny, that for all the work we do in the water, how much of our equipment can’t get wet,” laughs Crawford as he hangs up a clear plastic chamber over the river’s edge, while Jordan and Johnson unpack several coolers filled with vials, tubes and measuring equipment. Within minutes their little spot by the water’s edge has been turned into a makeshift outdoor office, complete with a laptop and several processing machines. The clouds are dark and moving closer, so they set up plastic bags over as many of the electronics as they can. Continue reading