Starting off the academic year introducing some new ENVISCID undergraduate researchers to the bioswale!
Introduced our most recent undergraduate researcher Mary Whitfield to the Parking Lot 12 Bioswale to do some measurements today - it's still thriving.
Kyotaek and his wife are expecting a baby girl later in September! We hosted a mini morning baby shower for them in the lab - with a theme of baby books!
It was an exciting field excursion monitoring ecohydrology at the WSU Parking Lot 12 bioswale this week. Lots of blooming native plants teeming with cool bugs like monarch butterflies and praying mantises!
Professor Papuga participates in Session 1 of the ELATES at Drexel® national leadership development program
Professor Papuga was nominated by her Dean to participate in ELATES at Drexel® national leadership development program. This intensive year long program takes her away for 3 different week-long sessions throughout the year to learn among amazing women leaders in the STEM fields. The first of those sessions was in August 2019.
Check out the story here.
Presenting our work at the UWIN (Urban Water Innovation Network) Annual Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colorado
Post doc Kyotaek Hwang and REU student Elana Chan traveled to Ft. Collins Colorado this week to represent our lab and present three posters of some of our "Environmental Science in Detroit" research at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN). See their posters here.
Starting the digestions!
You might not know what that means, and we're just learning too! Kennadi and Connor worked with Mary Kay in the ALEC lab at University of Arizona all day today prepping their samples for heavy metal analysis...
Joined by WSU Professor Glen Hood and guided by UA Professor Jeff Fehmi, Connor and Kennadi sampled insect galls on creosotebush in both natural and urban areas around Tucson, AZ all day in the hot desert on Sunday. On Monday they brought their samples to the ALEC lab at the University of Arizona where Leif Abrell and Mary Kay Amistadi started to teach them how to analyze for VOCs and heavy metals.
Connor and Kennadi have taken their gall project (funded by the Richard Barber Interdiscplinary Program) on the road. One of the dominant species in the desert Larrea tridentata or creosotebush is loaded with insect galls in the Tucson area of Arizona. They'll be sampling in the desert heat and then analyzing their galls for contaminants all week in the University of Arizona ALEC lab.