[Biology-U-L] long term research project needs volunteers
Biology Undergraduate List
biology-u-l at mentor.lscf.ucsb.edu
Mon Sep 22 12:48:09 PDT 2008
>>Aquatic Biology Students
>>Student assistantships are available as part of long-term study of how
>>local streams influence the kelp forests fringing the Santa Barbara
>>Channel. Since most of the runoff occurs during the rainy season from
>>November through April and because rain storms are intermittent, the time
>>spent processing samples are irregular. Other tasks, such as preparing
>>sample bottles and analyzing samples are more regular. The job will
>>phase in with less time in October and more time in November and beyond.
>>The assistance needed is focused on processing of stream water samples.
>>Water samples brought to the lab must be filtered within a few hours for
>>dissolved nutrients and particulate matter. This requires standing at a
>>lab bench and transferring water to filtering funnels then to bottles and
>>finally to tubes for analysis. For particulate matter,
>>filters are collected and transferred to petri dishes for subsequent
>>analysis. Some storms will require measurement of total suspended
>>solids, which involves filtration onto a preweighed filter, which after
>>oven drying, is weighed again on an analytical balance. Other tasks
>>include bottle washing and labeling and data entry onto spreadsheets.
>>. During rainy season, large numbers of samples are generated, hence the
>>work can be repetitive.
>>Please email for responses to:
>>Frank Setaro <setaro at lifesci.ucsb.edu>
>Department of Biological Sciences
>University of California
>Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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