Post 2: Water Sampling

Hello All,

 Again, sorry for the delay in updating my blog, but research has kept me very busy. Anyway, as the designated “water girl,” the first week of research was spent collecting water samples and processing them by different methods of filtration. The overarching goal of the filtration process is to concentrate viruses from eight liters of raw water to two milliliters of viral concentrates. It’s an astounding feat that more often than not leaves me excitedly stammering, “Cool.”

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Sample Site Map

Sample Site Map

Post 1: The Project

Hi All,

 I realize this post is a little late, but I would like to give everyone an overview of the project I’ll be working on this summer. I will be continuing my research in Dr. Williamson’s Phage Ecology Lab. This summer I will continue working to determine the viral and bacterial abundance and diversity in Lake Matoaka and it’s surrounding watershed. Six sample sites have been determined (three water and three soil sites) and our samples will be drawn from these sites for processing this summer and in the coming year.  Please see the attached graphic for a visual representation of these six sites.

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