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  • Never a moment so bitter sweet.

    After a 30+ hour daze of airplanes and airports, then having to turn on the radio to block out the eery silence of sleeping in the desert without 19 other people and the rustling of the Barge, I’m sitting here in my parents house in Reno, Nevada.…
  • Step One: Gather water, Step Two: ???

    As Max Holmes says, the atmosphere here at the station is a balance between student independence in projects and guidance by the PIs. He was telling me that as a group they want to give us as much guidance and advice as they can but at the same time it’s a necessary part of the process to get completely confused, distracted, and lost when it comes to our individual projects till inspiration hits and something beautiful happens.…
  • Outside the Bubble

    Living and working on a science station can be a bit like living and working in a bubble. Sure, each time you look out the window you’re reminded of the incredible beauty of Siberia but it’s easy to forget that Russia is more than just amazing views.…
  • From the Barge:

    Five days of traveling, 27+ hours on five planes, and a night with no nighttime finds us on day two in Cherskii! Going into the project I anticipated the amazing research and field experience that I would gain, and trust me I have in no way been disappointed, but already its turned out to be so much more.…
  • A Taste of the Field

    Well, just finished packing all of my field gear and soon Emily and I will be on our way to Castle Lake, near Shasta CA, to do preparatory training for the field work we’ll be doing in Siberia. While up at Castle, we not only get to test out all our new gear and perfect the skill of packing light while still managing not to freeze (it’s the middle of June and we’ll still be sleeping on snow pack!), but we’ll also be mastering PPR, gill net fishing and processing, benthic sampling and more.…
  • Hi everyone!

    Hi everyone! My name is Melissa Robbins and I’m a junior at the University of Nevada-Reno where I major in Environmental Science with minors in ecohydrology and wildlife. Most of my studies and the work I do focuses on freshwater management, ecology, and conservation.…