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Last day of summer!

Summer seems to have flown by – classes start tomorrow and all of us in my lab are transitioning back to classes (up next for me: Intro to Global Climate Change). The students that worked with me this summer are amazing and I am excited to work with them as …

Stream Ecology on the Block: Part III

So the insanity of the block continues … 18 days = entire course … this week EV311 went electrofishing on Monument Creek, started their final projects, and learned the power and perils of excel (nutrient uptake metrics and stream metabolism). Monday: Electrofishing in Monument Creek (between Unitah and Cache La …

Stream Ecology on the Block – Part II

This past week in EV311 (Stream Ecology) we added biology to the mix and visited Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area near Penrose, Colorado to examine how small scale habitat changes in streams can affect who lives there (i.e. macroinvertebrates). We also collected water for alkalinity and dissolved oxygen measurements – because every good …

Team Fire

Team Fire has spent the last five weeks collecting soil and water samples from burned and unburned Ponderosa watersheds. At the start of June we were joined by Brian Buma (thank you NOVUS Scientist Exchange Grant) who taught us how to quantify fuel loads, above ground biomass, etc. You can …

NOVUS II Workshop

The 3 day Novus II workshop was focused around discussions about integrating impacts of ecosystem disturbance across scales of time, space, and disturbance type: 1) What are the mechanisms of regime change versus resilience in ecosystems? What characteristics of a disturbance regime matter for ecosystem processes? 2) Under what circumstances …

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