Although Rose Hill campus in the Bronx is beautiful and I enjoy spending time on the scorching hot rooftop tending to my plants, the Louis Calder Center – Fordham’s 113-acres Biological Field Station in Winchester is an oasis and a home away from home for Ecology students (undergrad and grad) and faculty.
Here at Calder, we have lab space where we conduct experiments and analyze field collections. I have spent most of this week up here analyzing soil and water collections with my undergraduate assistant Kyle Clonan. Here you can see me preparing water samples to be analyzed for dissolved organic carbon DOC.
Carbon makes up all known life-forms, and is an important greenhouse gas. For this reason, environmental legislation such as the KYOTO Protocol has focused on regulating and measuring the global carbon cycle. This is one part of our mass-balance study, which seeks to quantify all the nutrients coming into our system (the lysimeters) and all the nutrients leaving.