by Dr. Joan Morrison
Sarah Black (’16) braving the Park river to take stream flow measurements.
Even last night’s serious rainstorm did not deter Sarah and Helen from braving the raging torrents in the North Branch of the Park River to get the flow and depth data needed to calculate stream discharge, part of their Methods project. At least it was an exciting day, quite different from the past few weeks where the stream has hardly even been a quarter meter in depth and flow rates close to 0 cf/s.
Sarah and Helen Samuels (’16) stretching a measuring tape across the river.
Students presenting the results of their summer research at the Science Symposium
Today, during lunch hour, Jon’s summer research students Cassia, Jack and David presented the results of heir summer research to the wider College community. They had three posters outlining their ongoing research on the effects of clear cutting on Mercury, Aluminum and Calcium concentrations in forest soils. This research project, now in its second year, continues research initiated by Justin and Dan.
David presenting introductory information on the ongoing White Mountain research project.
Cassia and Jack showed some of the first results. Cassia focused on changes in organic matter and mercury, while Jack presented data on Aluminum and Calcium.
Jack and Cassia explaining the results of their summer work.
Just in case you wondered: yes, Cameron’s crew was pretty busy too all summer. Jordyn presented their research in a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Baltimore.
by Isabelle Moore (’18)
The first sustainability roundtable meeting organized by Green Campus and the ENVS program.
Yesterday was the first of what I hope will become a series of Sustainability Roundtable Talks at Trinity. The goal of the event, which was organized by Green Campus and the Environmental Science Program, was to bring together students, faculty, and staff members within the Trinity community who are each in some way involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
Despite a bit of a rocky start, (and only a few days to put this event together) we managed to get a roomful of about 20 students, staff, and faculty. After everyone got food and introductions were made, people got to voice different sustainability concerns present on campus as well as propose possible solutions.
We touched on topics such as up and coming compost projects, energy efficient lighting in the library (our best-lit building on campus), and on campus parking (a daily struggle for all). The overwhelming conclusion of the event was that a lot of cool sustainability projects are going down at Trinity. What we need to work on now is doing a better job of publicizing them.