Chloe Smith, my NSF REU student from this past summer, has received the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography's Multi-cultural Program Fellowship to attend the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR. The fellowship establishes a cohort of young researchers who attend the meeting as a group, and it pairs them with a mentor for the duration of the meeting. In addition to attending various talks and panels, she will be presenting a poster on her research examining the effects of low pH on marine sediment biogeochemical processes. If you're headed to the meeting this spring, be sure to check out her poster as part of the Biogeochemical Processes Across Oxic-Anoxic Transitions session. Great work, Chloe!!
For more information about the ASLO Multi-cultural Program, click here.
Whenever I need a break from lab, I love stepping outside and exploring the Santa Barbara coastline - between kelp forests, eelgrass beds, and rocky tide pools, there's so much to see!
The following are a few photos from my travels this summer to Channel Islands National Park, Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area, and Coal Oil Point Reserve, all of which are located in the Santa Barbara Channel.
This summer, I've been fortunate to have two excellent undergraduate research assistants helping with my field and laboratory work.
Chloe Smith is a rising 4th year at Oregon Institute of Technology and is pursuing her Bachelors in Environmental Science. She was a SBC LTER National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant recipient, and she spent the summer researching the effects of low pH (acidified) water on marine sediment processes.
Katherine Le is a rising 3rd year here at UCSB, and she has been helping with hydrology and nutrient cycling research in the Melack lab. She also works in the Reed lab assisting with data processing and analysis.
Over the past few months, both women have been hard at work learning how to sample sediments for use in our bioreactors and how to process water samples for ammonium concentrations using a fluorometric method. They'll be traveling to various conferences in the coming months to present their work, so be sure to check back for updates about their findings!
I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada Reno.