It was hot on the WSU Physics rooftop, but with heroic contributions from John Niedermiller and David Reed (MSU) we were able to get all of the instruments up! Now for power and communication...
All of the pieces finally arrived at Wayne State from Campbell Scientific! Today we spent the day going through the boxes and getting some practice set up in before the official install on the Physics rooftop next week!
Led by Emily Seifert, the undergraduate researchers in the ENVISCID lab did a day of intensive porometer measurements to see how stomatal conductance varies over the course of the day for three plant species in the Wayne State Parking Lot 12 Bioswale.
Undergraduate researcher Emily Seifert was the recipient of one of two 2019 Scholarship Awards ($1000) from the Midwest Mineralogical and Lapidary Society of Michigan (MMLSM). Recipients were selected based on their demonstration of marked achievements in the fields of geology, mineralogy, paleontology, lapidary studies, environmental studies or related arts. Emily, an environmental science major, was presented with her award by Dr. Velma Bradley at the MMLSM club meeting in May.
Steven and Femi graduated this semester so we celebrated at our end of the semester lab party! Congrats! We'll be missing them...
Biking across the Milk River - we spotted some suspicious white foam near the treatment facility that we don't normally see. With PFAS recently highlighted in the news as a major public health concern, we wanted to investigate... For more information on PFAS in the State of Michigan go here: https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/
Big rainfall today with lots of water in the roads! Our crew went out to sample the stormwater in flooded areas throughout Detroit and also in the canals joining the Detroit River. We used this as a learning experience in sample collection for our undergraduate researchers.
The graduate students in GEL 5360 - Hydrology in Natural and Urban Environments were tasked with learning about measuring different components of the water budget in a bioswale. They presented their work in poster presentations at the end of the semester!
Last summer the Papuga Lab helped to GPS the bike racks and other bike infrastructure on this map. We also provided the QR code for the "Weather to Ride?" link on the map that directs people to our campus weather station!