With a scouting trip complete, we were ready to establish our sites and get to work. A team consisting of PI Elizabeth Herndon, newly hired postdoc Matthew Berens, and technicians Geoff Schwaner and Michael Jones traveled to Morgan City LA for five days to establish our sites and collect samples. Big shout out to Dauterive Boat Rental and our collaborator Andre Rovai at LSU for getting us safely to the site and providing key logistical support.
In five days our team:
1. Built platforms at two different sites (old delta and young delta)
2. Hooked up a suite of different environmental sensors (water level, conductivity, pH, redox)
3. Collected surface and pore water from 4-5 depths at 10 different plots
4. Tested out some methods to collect colloids (success TBD)
5. Waved to some alligators
6. Looked out for one another's well being
7. Ate some delicious local cuisine
Our objective is to develop new understanding of P biogeochemistry in coastal systems in order to improve representation of coastal biogeochemistry in Earth system models. We focus on the Louisiana Gulf Coast where water management has contributed to extensive coastal degradation.
This work is supported by the DOE Early Career Research Program through the Environmental System Science program in Biological and Environmental Research.