In addition to helping out with the July landscape sampling, Adam and I conducted an experiment to examine the influence of temperature on the processes of benthic nutrient uptake and metabolism (see previous blog post). It was fun and challenging to come up with the procedure for sampling these chambers, since they are usually only used for metabolism. At the very end of the summer, Adam and I worked hard analyzing the data for six of the streams that we sampled. I hope to be able to continue analyzing and interpreting at the data in preparation for the NABS science conference next year.
In addition to acquiring tons of great data, we had some time to explore the beautiful country of Iceland. Here is a photo of me scuba diving in a part of the mid-Atlantic rift, which runs through Lake Þingvellir and divides the North American and Eurasian plates. The water was even colder than stream 13 – it was only 3 °C! After the project was completed, our group had a wonderful time up at Lake Myvatn. From there, I traveled around the East Fjords and down along the south coast of the island. This summer was fantastic! Thanks to everyone who made it happen.