Abbi White is a junior at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota majoring in Biology. She is interested in understanding the ecological stoichiometry of primary producers in streams. This is also Abbi’s first time doing field research.
Bree Vculek is an undergraduate student studying biology and chemistry at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She joined the Welter lab as a research collaborator in 2014, and is interested in the physiological responses of nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria across temperature and nutrient gradients in stream ecosystems.
Delor Sander is from St. Catherine University (SCU) in Minnesota and is working as a lab and field technician for Dr. Jill Welter. As an undergraduate student at SCU, Delor spent the summer of 2012 working in Hengill and is back for a second summer to help collect and process samples. She is interested in continuing her career in science through a journalistic perspective and will be going to graduate school for Scientific Communication – if she doesn’t end up staying in Iceland after the project is over!
Hilary Madinger is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming with work related to the Hengill crew’s biogeochemical investigation of nutrient cycling and especially nitrogen fixation. She will be assisting with the measurements of stream nutrient uptake and denitrification during the stable isotope addition. Additionally, Hilary will estimate diel nitrogen fixation fluxes in a few of the warm streams with low gas exchange. Then the rest of the summer will be spent running isotope samples and modeling the data collected in Hengill streams.
Kate Henderson is starting her Ph.D. research under Wyatt this summer, looking at the effects of warming and nutrient enrichment on secondary production. She just finished her M.S. in Biology from Tennessee Tech University, where she studied drivers of algal productivity in agriculturally managed lakes. Before grad school she worked as a field technician in Mexico and interned with a study abroad program in Costa Rica. At some point, she's hoping to ride an Icelandic horse.