The photo shoot is for a piece on the freshwater blog about the MARS Lake experiments. There are two other MARS Lake mesocosm experiments, the rather impressive lake lab in Lake Stechlin, Germany and another in Denmark led by Eric Jeppesen. All of the lake experiments will be investigating the response of the aquatic systems (phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish) to multiple stressors. Lancaster will be looking at the effects of warming (+4°C), excess nutrients and extreme flushing events (one every 12 weeks), Denmark the effect of extreme heatwaves and excess nutrients and Germany the effects of extreme mixing and nutrients.
I think the last picture of me on the blog captures the feeling of mild exasperation that I am standing outside on the top of a windy hill wearing frozen rubber gloves and an outfit more fitting for a fisherman battling the wild seas.