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Five Undergrad Rockstars

Today I am very excited – five of my awesome undergraduate students will be presenting their theses work. I couldn’t be prouder of what they have accomplished. Delaney Tight built a biogeochemical reaction model of nitrogen cycling in  aquifers of tidal freshwater zones. Here, water is completely fresh but diurnal …

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 …

Stream Ecology on the Block

Each year during the first week of  EV 311 we leave campus for 3 days to explore stream geomorphology and hydrology in the southern portion of the Colorado Front Range. We visit the meandering South Platte (near Fairplay) and a fast moving boulder laden Arkansas River (near Buena Vista) before spending a …

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