Greenhouse Gas Research: Summer Results

Sampling from a canoe in the Grim Dell

With (more than) “seven weeks of serious summer fun” coming to a close, it’s time to reveal what you’ve all been waiting for…. results! After spending the beginning of the summer building flux chambers, testing out sampling protocols, and learning how to use a finicky greenhouse gas analyzer,  I finally turned my focus towards obtaining summer […]

Greenhouse Gas Research: Test Runs and Analyzer Adventures

The first half of summer research has flown by with all sorts of adventures, including nighttime sampling, pool noodle shopping, and troubleshooting a faulty detector on the greenhouse gas analyzer.   A few weeks ago I added the finishing touches to my chambers by installing tiny fans inside the head-space and covering the outside with […]

Greenhouse Gas Research Stage One: Building Flux Chambers

Constructing static flux chambers outside the Keck Lab

Summer research down at the Keck lab is off to a busy start, with student projects including everything from turtle research to denitrification polymers. My project involves quantifying the amounts of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) being emitted from local ponds and lakes.  While we often associate greenhouse gases with driving cars […]