The senior seminar class visited Hammonasset Beach State Park today to learn about conservation practices in one of Connecticut’s busiest state park. We got a little introduction to the park by Henry Alves, the Park and Recreation Supervisor at Hammonasset. Afterwards we went to Cedar Island to look for one of the three snow owls that are currently in the park. Nope, we didn’t see any, but learned about salt marshes, glacial moraines etc.On the way back Iver decided to show us his manly side and, for an easy A, did the polar bear plunge:
A few weeks ago, Jon and I got an excited e-mail from Kelsey Semrod (’12): not only did she get accepted to Duke, but Yale and Michigan also try to get her as a graduate student.
Should Kelsey end up at Yale to join Ben Butterworth (’08), Colby Tucker (’09), and Maggie Thomas (’10) we might think about a new “Bantams to Bulldogs” program.
P.S. Thanks Colby, how could I forget Ben. What would that little school down there in New Haven do without us? :-)
This weekend we joined colleagues from SUNY Oneonta to collect sediment cores from Otsego Lake in upstate New York. Together with Dr. Les Hasbargen and his students we spent a day on the ice and collected over 20 meters of cores from two sites. The samples will be analyzed by Trinity students who will attempt to reconstruct the environmental history of the region. The video shows a brief summary of our expedition.
Good news from ENVS alumnus Simon Bunyan ’13, who was recently offered an Internship with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Since graduation Simon has worked for a lobbying firm before applying for the White House internship. According to Simon he was offered the position because of his strong academic background in the sciences and his previous lobbying experience.
So, if you are in the DC area – say Hi to Simon, and the rest of you here at Trinity: stop slacking and get back to studying! :-)
While at a meeting at the CT Department of Agriculture last Thursday I met a few farmers who are still looking for summer interns. One even gave me his card: Jamie Jones from Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT offers paid internships and housing for the summer. Jobs include selling agricultural products as well as work on the farm (weeding !). Come and see me in case you are interested. There might be more. Let me know whether you are interested and I’ll ask around.
Next year’s field trip to has filled up. Cameron, Jon and Christoph will take 12 students on next year’s trip to explore the southern part of the island. Jon’s already busy updating our gear lists, chief paparazzi Christoph bought a new camera. Cameron? Well, Cameron is looking into the authoritative works on edible Icelandic weeds. We are so ready – and it’s going to be awesome!
(by C.Douglass and J. Morrison)
Building on the ENVS program’s long-term research along the Park River in Hartford, this year’s Methods in Environmental Science students have once again developed, designed, and carried out their own studies – which they presented this week. Research focused on a section of the south branch of the Park River where the CT DEEP will begin a massive re-channelization project in spring 2014 that will remove vegetation and sediment from the channel. Students’ research covered topics ranging from determining concentrations of mercury and trace metals in stream sediments to evaluating temporal changes in pH and stream discharge. On land, students compared soil organic carbon levels and invertebrate species diversity between stands of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed and within plant communities dominated by goldenrods and other native forbs.
This Friday Trinity’s Environmental Science Program hosted the 5th annual meeting of the Geological Society of Connecticut. The well-attended meeting began with a field trip to some nearby rock outcrops led by Jon Gourley and Randy Steinen, and continued with a reception in the Academic Club.
Dinner was served buffet style in Hamlin Hall and was a great success. Our guests were amazed by our old dining Hall and repeatedly inquired about the next Quidditch match. Jon and I assured them that we usually fly to class on our broomsticks. :-)
The big surprise of the meeting came early on. Some of you may know that, long, long, long ago Trinity used to have a Geology Department, housed in Boardman Hall (formerly located between Mather Hall and Austin Arts). Before moving across the country to San Diego, Richard W. Berry, taught Geology at Trinity. Dick shared a few stories from the past, recalled Trinity’s first X-ray diffractometer and marveled about our spaces in McCook. Now retired, he moved back to Connecticut and I hope we’ll see more of him on campus in the future.
After a rather brief business meeting we all moved to McCook Auditorium, where we enjoyed a lecture by Dr. Greg Walsh from the USGS on the rather complicated metamorphic rocks of western Connecticut.
Thanks to the outstanding work of our Calendar Office (Thanks Christine for putting up with me!) and Chartwell’s the meeting was a big success. It was also a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to the society’s spring field trip and next year’s meeting.