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Mt. St. Helens return

Bringing students back this summer for a look at what’s on the log mats. Brilliant weather for the first trip hauling gear and logs and setting up camp.

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Undergraduate Research Fair

Sierra doing an excellent job giving an overview of her work on a sediment core from Mt. St. Helens showing some interesting years of mono-specific diatom blooms during the early recovery of the lake and changes in diversity and habitat … Continue reading

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Maiden Voyage on Lake Truly

Headed out with two students today to brave the suburban wilds of “Lake Truly”  – an accidental lake created by some interesting engineering history within the campus wetlands.  We’ll be working on sorting out some of the dynamics of the … Continue reading

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A little geo-tourism

Visiting Victoria this weekend and geeking out on the glacial striations all along the shore (near Beacon Park here).

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Martha Lake macroinvertebrates

The class is continuing investigation of biological indicators of lake health – today looking at the macroinvert community in different areas of the lake/inflow/outflow.  It was diverse and full of way more interesting critters than the students expected to find!

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Limnology field day

The class got out in small groups today – three groups are working independently on plankton, macroinvert, and aquatic plant communities in the lake to report back to the County at the end of the quarter.   Here we’re trying out … Continue reading

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Community Based Learning – Limnology

I’m excited to teach Limnology this quarter as a Community-based partnership with Snohomish County.  Students will spend time in the field with County staff at Martha Lake, learning about their sampling protocols, the skills they need everyday, and the goals … Continue reading

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Geomorphology in action

Teaching Geomorphology this quarter and get to send students just off campus to the area the run/bike trail is being undercut by the Sammammish River.  They fenced off the area that’s threatening to slump and moved the trail in about … Continue reading

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Flyover Country Workshop at GSA

GSA is in Seattle (yay!) and I’ll be part of the festivities leading a workshop on using Flyover County ( to build instructor designed field trips that students can attend on their own time – as extra credit, if they … Continue reading

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Great Minds!

Awesome digs at the Institute for Advanced Study, and great conversations with brilliant collaborators.  It was a lovely weekend in Princeton, I only wish I could stay to think deep thoughts on the lawn for good!

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