Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ion chromatography

Today, I assisted Dr. Toran’s graduate student Liz in analyzing her overland flow samples via ion chromatography. Ion chromatography is used to identify and quantify ionic species within a solution.

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Storm water sampling

Overland flow is the process by which water that does not infiltrate the soil flows down-slope into a body of water. This water can carry nutrient-bearing waste such as fertilizer, fuel, and detergent. In order to collect storm water that … Continue reading

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Microwave digestion

To ready my stream bed sediment samples for ICP-OES (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry), I am first preparing them via microwave digestion. In this process, I aim to extract the bioavailable phosphorus bound to the sediment by submerging it … Continue reading

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Stream bed sampling

During the last two weeks, I’ve been travelling to tributaries of the Wissahickon and collecting stream bed soil samples with Dr. Toran and her graduate student, Liz. In the coming weeks, I will release the sediment-bound phosphorus in the samples via microwave extraction. … Continue reading

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Frances Velay Research Fellowship: Summer 2018

I am very excited to begin working with Dr. Laura Toran this summer through the Frances Velay Research Fellowship at Temple University. My focus is on nutrient pollution and eutrophication in urban streams. I will be investigating the concentration and … Continue reading

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