After a record warm winter in New England, spring has arrived early and many EEES grad students are beginning local fieldwork. Here are just a few examples of local projects going on in Spring 2016.
Second year graduate student Debora Goedert collects wood frogs from a small pond in Mink Brook with a little help from field assistant Banjo the dog. Deb is an evolutionary biologist interested in variation in morphology and behavior between individuals and populations, and how traits may vary across life stages (pre and post metamorphosis). Deb brings these frogs back to the lab in the LSC to take measurements, photographs, and record their jumping performance.
Second year graduate student Andy Vacca and first year graduate student Animakshi Bhushan collect dragonfly larvae from a freshwater stream in nearby Lyme, NH. Again, Banjo the dog provides valuable field assistance! Andy is an environmental toxicologist, interested in how mercury, a trace metal contaminant, moves through aquatic and terrestrial foodwebs. He plans on rearing these dragonfly larvae in the lab and beginning some experimental trials with them this spring.
After a mostly snow-free winter, we welcome a little bit of winter weather in April! First year graduate student Ashley Lang examines an Ash tree near Concord, NH with damage from an invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Ashley is interested in the ecosystem level consequences of insect pests on forest nutrient cycling and belowground microbial and invertebrate communities.