Our geo-science and environmental science students hail from a wide range of institutions and disciplines. All are interested in scientific research and are participating in our study of biogeochemical processes in northern upland and wetland ecosystems.
University of Maine
Ecology and Environmental Science major
I am a senior in the Ecology and Environmental Science program at the University of Maine. My previous research experience was studying biogeochemistry in vernal pools at my home university.
In Abisko I am working closely with Eric (The Hammer) Heim to find a gradient of bedrock phosphorous concentrations. My work on the gradient will be with the soils that overlay the bedrock and the microbes in those soils. Specifically I will be looking at the microbial biomass by measuring substrate induced respiration, enzyme activities using a fluoremetric micro plate method and also the concentrations of nutrients in the soils. I may also do a side project involving soil biology along a temperature/altitudinal gradient.