Digging Into Science

I must warn you from the beginning, this blog is going to be a constant work in progress for me. I have high goals to connect as many people as possible to the world of science and more specifically, climate science. Hopefully this will be a story that people find they can connect to in some way. I am a beginner and I’m assuming the journey will be somewhat entertaining as I delve into the fascinating wealth of information and techniques we have already developed, while confronting the challenges associated with everything because there are many.

First example (How I know I am really going to get deep into the world of science…):

Field Day 1 – Jarvis Creek, Branford CT, May 2014

I had been planning this day for what feels like months. I was supposed to go out over spring break and collect all the sediment cores I needed, but of course, it took another two months because it took a lot longer than we thought it would to get the permits. Thinking back on this, I probably should have realized that 1 week wouldn’t be enough, but hind sight is 20/20. I finally got out last Tuesday and as you would expect, I had everything planned, printed out, and packed. Despite having walked through every action I would take beforehand, you always have to forget something, and my something was how to measure how far from the creek your core is. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to tell my wonderful field hand, Michelle, to walk into the tidal creek with the end of the tape measure. Somehow, despite having worked in mud flats before, I forgot that if you walk into one, you will sink. Poor Michelle walked in and, of course, got stuck. Gabby, my other wonderful field hand that day, and I rushed in to help her out and we got our out pretty quickly, but then Gabby got very stuck. Eventually, she was up to her hips in mud and we could not get her out! It took a good 20 minutes of wiggling, digging, and eventually rolling to get her out. It was definitely a little scary because she really couldn’t move her foot. She was a trooper though and we got some good pictures of her absolutely covered in mud.

Science seems to provide very interesting obstacles. You go from pipetting chemicals in a lab to stuck in a salt marsh, which both require very different background knowledge to know how to handle. I feel like this is the first of many dilemmas I will face along the way to my Ph.D., which has definitely started off with a bang. We’ll see how deep I get.


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