Monthly Archives: August 2015

Winding down another Baikal field season

Today is our last day in Bol’shie Koty and we’re wrapping up the last of our sample preparation and packing. We’ve crammed an amazing amount of science into the last week, starting with a three day research cruise along the … Continue reading

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An abundance of Lake Baikal rotifers

Ted, Kara and Michael rowed a bit offshore to collect some water and in the process of prepping to filter it, we saw that we had gathered a huge diversity of rotifers – beautiful microscopic animals that eat algae and bacteria … Continue reading

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Keeping an eye on Siberian fires

Many of our friends and colleagues have asked us about the Siberian wildfires occurring around Lake Baikal this summer. The short answer is that we feel safe at Bolshie Koty and smoke here is episodic. This NASA Earth Observatory image is from … Continue reading

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Commence round 2 of the 2015 Baikal field season

Following on the heels of Marianne’s group, the second portion of this year’s field crew has made it to Bol’shie Koty. We had a long but uneventful journey to Irkutsk, where we ran some errands and then hopped on the … Continue reading

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Hunting for Red Epischura

It’s a peaceful day with the sun shining brightly in Siberia. The vast expanse of Lake Baikal stretches out across the horizon, framed by mountain peaks. Suddenly a breeze picks up, and it’s time to go out in the rowboat … Continue reading

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