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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Stretching the Mind
“A mind that is
stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -Oliver
Wendell Holmes Jr.-
This past week,
I have been spending time with the Resources Management Division here at
Buffalo National River, also known as the consolidated Resource and Visitor
Protection and Fire Management Division. I have been having a blast with Shawn
Hodges, the Fishery Biologist at BUFF, and Mallory Jeffers, an emergency hire
within the division.
Shawn (left) and Mallory (right) hiking to the DO meter cache site
Thus far, we
have spent most of our time in the field. We began the week by measuring the
level of dissolved oxygen (DO) in the river and the tributaries that flow into
it. Along with measuring the DO level, we also measured the flow and eventually
placed two dissolved oxygen meters that we will continue to monitor. After
taking the DO measurements, the next couple of days were spent obtaining water
samples from the river and tributaries that feed it. We then went back to the
lab to process the samples and test them for E. coli, a form of bacteria that
is a major concern for BUFF.
Mallory (left) and I measuring both DO and flow
In just the few
short days that I have spent with the resource management team, I have learned
so much and have gained such an appreciation and a passion for the work that
they do. Both Shawn and Mallory love what they do so much and it has not only
been an absolute pleasure to spend time with them, but that love and passion
makes the work that they do that much better. I hope to find that same passion
and love for my career in the future.
that I have had this week have greatly expanded my horizons and have renewed my
passion for science. My mind has been stretched and I am sure it will continue
to stretch in the weeks to come.