Yesterday evening our team had the immense pleasure of welcoming to the biostation George Swann, Anson Mackay, Ginnie Panizzo, Sarah Roberts, and Elena Vologina, who have been traveling around Lake Baikal and its catchment for three weeks collecting sediment cores and water samples to investigate the effects of pollution and environmental change on the lake. It took some creative and roundabout communications over Twitter, but we were finally all able to coordinate what I’m fairly confident was the first ever tweet-up to happen at Lake Baikal.
After sharing some candies and a glass of wine on their boat, our friends took a tour of our lab and chatted with some of our team. Rainy weather forced us to remain indoors so we spent the rest of the evening in the dining hall exchanging ideas and field work stories. Both teams have been having a very successful field season so the mood was jolly and not dampened by the wet weather.
This morning our friends took off to complete a little more sampling and then head to Irkutsk where they’ll spend a few days before flying back to the UK. Here’s to hoping we cross paths again soon.