This is a much-delayed update from those of us who have already arrived at the field station (Marianne, Lev, Ted, Kirill, and me). We were all so busy unpacking, catching (and recovering from) colds, and starting our preliminary research that there hasn’t been much time to think about blogging! But I had a guilt-induced dream last night about typing up a blog and then figured it was about time to send out an update.
Once again, I am at a loss for words to describe the process of arriving in Bolshie Koty and the intense unpacking that went into making the lab a useable space. So instead, I present to you some photos that I am confident will correctly communicate our jetlagged thought processes.
After a fair bit of unpacking, much work was also done! We’ve already had several sampling trips out on the Kozhov and conducted quite a few promising preliminary experiments, including: a re-do of the saprolegnia fungus infection experiment from last year, a nauplius temperature tolerance experiment, a grazing analysis with C. erosa, and an artificial cohort experiment. The artificial cohort is a method used to measure growth rates of a species (in our case, the lovely and ever-present Epischura baikalensis) without needing to raise them through multiple life stages. This is great for us, as Epischura are frustratingly difficult to raise in the lab. Now that the lab is set up and settled, we’re ready to dig in to the experiments we’ve planned. I am looking forward to an excellent field season, and seeing the rest of our team when they arrive!
In closing, I’d like to add some photos of research and also a gratuitous photo of our mini 4th of July celebration in the lab (note the very American sunglasses).