Going into this internship I had a couple of learning objectives, and I feel I was able to complete all of them successfully. First, I was expecting to learn the specific techniques for lake sampling and how to collect those samples without compromising them. This was a goal that I feel was completed. I was taught a method of sampling that works well for small lakes, like the ones that we sampled from. For most lakes we used waders and waded into the lake. We brought with us a very long pole with a bottle at the end of it. This is what was used to collect the water samples. The reason for this was so you could reach far away from where you had disrupted the water from wading in. At some of the lakes, there were docks present, so we used the long pole and sampled from the dock instead. Another technique that I learned out in the field was one way of collecting algae samples.
Ralston, Julia, "Institute for Watershed Studies Research Assistant" (2023). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 159.
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