Two students from Dr. Chip Small's lab, Lauren Reuss and Isaac Bergstrom, have been working with the large aquaponics system in the OWS greenhouse this summer. You can see the huge tomato plants, but there are also other plants like basil and eggplant. You can learn more about this project and see a video of the fish on the Biophilia blog.
The photos below show Lauren and Isaac doing weekly fish length measurements.
Lauren (L) and Isaac (R) seining for fish.
Isaac dipping fish from the tank.
Lauren catching a fish from a holding bucket before measuring it.
Mark Painter observing cells in culture.
Megan Beetch taking a break from analyzing data on mitochondrial functionality in snails.
CeCe Peterson (L) and Abby Lown are learning to use the LiCor portable photosynthesis meter behind the OWS greenhouse. They are working with Dr. Simon Emms on the Fish Creek Restoration project.
In 2012, 200 UST students volunteered to plant approximately 1000 oak seedlings at the Fish Creek Natural Area in Maplewood, MN. Two types of oaks were planted: native (local) trees and trees from slightly farther south. One of the aims of the project is to compare survival and growth of these two groups. This project could provide important data on how to restore natural areas in the face of climate change.
Close-up of the meter measuring fluorescence in an oak leaf.
The Stewardship Garden project provides research opportunities for UST students, is a source of fresh food for low-income persons, and helps build community relationships. You can learn more about this project here.
Angela Tipp sampling fish and aquatic invertebrate communities in Elk Lake in Itasca State Park as part of a project assessing effects of climate change on Minnesota lakes. Angela works with Dr. Kyle Zimmer.
In the photo above, Dr. Kerri Carlson (L) is teaching the technique of in situ hybridization to both UST and EPA researchers. In situ hybridization is a technique that allows you to identify a particular sequence of DNA/RNA in a tissue. Learning this technique are (L to R) UST recent grad Tyler Firkus, Dr. Carlie LaLone from the EPA, Jenna Cavallin from the EPA and Dr. Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt. At the EPA, Dr. LaLone and Jenna Cavallin study the effects of chemicals in the environment on the thyroid and related organs.
Dr. Amy Verhoeven's lab investigates photosynthesis during times of plant stress.
John Pham preparing buffer.
Ryan Merry pipetting samples onto a gel.
Sherry Le (L) is analyzing data and Julia Frebault (R) is taking a break while running a Western blot
Allison Keith about to catch a brown anole near the ruins of Percy Cavill’s Conch House on South Bimini island in the Bahamas. Allison is working with Dr. Jerry Husak to examine species differences in testosterone production and brain sensitivity to testosterone in Caribbean Anolis lizards.
Cooper Rapp is checking the consistency of the agar he has melted in the microwave. He will be using the agar for E. coli replica plating.
Dr. Ditty's lab also studies bacterial chemotaxis. In the photo above, Katie Ellert and Victoria Maksimova (background) are preparing swim plates to asses chemotaxis.
From Dr. Leah Domine's lab, Matt Boehm (L) and Zach Novaczyk (R) are using plastic shoe boxes to make methane collectors. The collectors need floats to allow them to stay on the surface of the water, but they also have sinks to stabilize them in waves. In this photo, Matt and Zach are making ports in the boxes to allow measurement of the methane. The collectors will be set up on lakes in the Alexandria area.