What it takes (To Get Good Data)

There are things to be said about both “field work” and “lab work.” Doing work in bacteriophage ecology, you get a taste of both. I can say that going outside to collect samples is hard, sweaty work (especially in the throes of Williamsburg swamp summer). To avoid the dangers (to me, that means ticks for the most part. *shudders*), you can work in a nice air-conditioned lab room, but you have to trade out seeing the sun. Either way, we all know that there is SO much more going on behind the scenes than what is neatly summed up in the “Methods” section of a journal article.

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Sampling in the Rain

The main goal of this experiment is to essential examine the functionality of a wet retention pond (storm water retention pond). There are many implications to the results, as discussed in the abstract. Obviously, the first step is to gather samples from the pond of interest, located in the neighborhood of Longhill Grove.

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A Study of the Microbial ecology of Storm Water Retention Ponds

Hello! I’m Jasmin Green, a rising Junior, Biology and Environmental Science major. I have been working in the Microbial Ecology lab under Dr. Williamson’s lab for the past year. The lab studies the interactions of microbial communities with each other and with their physical environment, with special focus on viral ecology in soil and freshwater systems.

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