Monthly Archives: August 2012

Collect ALL the samples!

Many of the members of our team have been trickling back into the US over the last few weeks. As we readjust to life in the western hemisphere, we’ve been taking advantage of the fast internet speeds to post some … Continue reading

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A few special thanks

One of the many things I’ve learned over the last few months is how difficult it can be to organize field operations in a foreign country for a group of over a dozen US-based scientists. As it turns out, this … Continue reading

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New visa rules

New and somewhat relaxed US-Russia visa rules effective September include multiple-entry visa allowing a 6-month stay after each entry and valid for 3 years. What this means for us is that those of us with 2 more field seasons ahead … Continue reading

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Sampling Cruise 2- Northern and Central Basins

Lev and I just returned from a second sampling cruise in partnership with the Baikal Museum.  We collected samples from the Northern, Central, and Southern basins, along with samples from two shallow bays on the Eastern side of the Lake.  … Continue reading

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Baikal’s fungal diversity

In Russian there is a phrase for when it’s raining and the sun is shining simultaneously: gribnoy dozhd (mushroom rain). Supposedly these conditions are perfect for mushrooms to grow, and that appears to truly be the case here in Siberia. … Continue reading

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Sampling cruise to Maloe More!

The Baikal Dimensions of Diversity crew is currently on a sampling cruise aboard the Irkutsk State University vessel Kozhov (pictured below). This three day cruise has taken us from the village of Bolshie Koty to an inlet off of Lake … Continue reading

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Baikal’s floral diversity

About a week ago I blogged about swimming in the lake, and I made an offhand remark about the amazing flower diversity here.  Well, its been a week and the flowers are still impressing.  And given that Steph’s and my … Continue reading

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