Sunday, November 18, 2012
We did all the regular sampling in streams 7 and OH2, as well as a lot of SF6 releases. As you can see, Jon was excited to be in the second year of warming in stream 7.
Here's what the updated temperature plot looks like. Our mean increase is about 3.5 C at the moment.
At the risk of sounding like we've become total groupies, on our last night we were lucky enough to catch Sigur Rós, who were headlining the Icelandic Airwaves festival. The official project band put in another fantastic performance, including an encore preview of the "hard left turn" they've been promising (check it out here). Strong stuff.
It wasn't all fun though. Check out what Jon managed to do to the rental car after dropping Jim off at OH2. Hmmm.
This tends to put a real kink in one's fieldwork plans. Luckily Jón O. came to the rescue. Thanks Jón!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|Delor, Amanda, Ryan, and Dan in|
front of Strokkur
Below from left to right Ryan, Amanda, Delor, me (Jim J.), Dan, and Bayley in front of Gullfoss. The day also included Geysir (pictured on the right) and Þingvellir. Always a great trip for us veterans, and a tip of the iceberg to some of the natural wonders Iceland has to offer.
Friday, July 20, 2012
For the past couple of weeks, Amanda and I (Team Respiration) have been been practically running the respirometer non-stop. In doing so, we've generated some 'breathtaking data' (I'm sorry, it had to be said). The figure to the left shows the respiration rate of the freshwater snail, Radix peregra, at four different temperatures. Clearly, respiration rate increases with body size. Temperature also has an effect on respiration rate, with increased rates at higher temperatures for a given body size. I guess this is not surprising. However, we are excited that the respirometer is actually working and producing great results!
Until next time,
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
We're also very excited to have four new undergraduate researchers with us this summer - Amanda (University of Alabama), Ryan (Montana State University), Delor and Bayley (St Catherine U). Stay tuned for more posts that introduce these folks!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Brooke was also highlighted on the front page of the St. Olaf College's website! See below.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lili arrived from the University of Vigo in Spain, where she recently completed her Ph. D. in stream ecology with Dr. Isabel Pardo. A university outreach grant, which provides funding to support students to work abroad for up to 3 months, has brought her to Iceland to do some stream ecology alongside us and explore this beautiful country.
Lili brings with her a broad range of international work experience in both academic and governmental arenas. Her doctoral research focused on detrital energy pathways in stream ecosystems, and the effects of temperature and food quality on detritivore life history. Jointly, she worked in a broad range of aquatic habitats with the European Water Framework Directive a program to develop and integrate water policy and management across the European Union.
We are glad to have Lili aboard and looking forward to working with her over the next months.
Friday, March 16, 2012
|Wyatt and Lili working to finish up a nutrient|
slug with Jim doing some community outreach.
Photo Credit: Christa Feucht and Martin Gasser
|Looking down over the stream|
and surrounding landscape.
Photo Credit: Christa Feucht and Martin Gasser
Thanks Christa and Martin. We are looking forward to coffee next time we are in the area.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Things are looking a little precarious for the heat exchanger. Iceland's heaviest snowpack in almost thirty years has left 10-12 feet of snow towering all around the pool in Stream 8 where the exchanger sits. We're hoping it all melts in a laid-back fashion, but we're prepared in case it doesn't. Here's a shot of Alex Huryn standing at the edge of the pool. You can see the pipes and manifolds of the heat exchanger at the bottom of the photo.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Properly caffeinated, I was quickly brought up to speed on winter sampling in Iceland after digging multiple snow pits in an unsuccessful search of pressure loggers from the
2+ meters of snow covering some of our streams.
Luckily for us Jims we shortly would have a crew from the US to aid us in our search. After lots of sweat and PI "encouragement" from Alex, Jon, and Wyatt we liberated all the logger data, completed a good chunk of the winter quarterly sampling, and spent good times around a wood fire in the scout cabin we rented for the week.
Check out a few photo highlights in the album to the right, and keep posted for more highlights and pictures.